Travel in the Ancient World

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JHU Press, 1994 - History - 391 pages
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The only book of its kind in any language, Travel in the Ancient World offers a comprehensive review of ancient travel, from the first recorded voyages to Old Kingdom Egypt through Greek and Roman times to the Christian pilgrimages of the fourth century and later. Lionel Casson tells who traveled and why (government business, trade, health, vacationing, tourism). He describes the ships, carts, carriages, and other means of conveyance; roads and waterways; bars and their drinks, restaurants and their food, inns and their accommodations. He devotes particular attention to tourism: the standard itineraries, the favored sights, museums, guides, guidebooks, and standards of tourist behavior. Rich in anecdote and colorful detail, Travel in the Ancient World now returns to print in paperback with a new preface and a supplement that brings the documentation up to date.
 

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Contents

THE NEAR EAST AND GREECE
19
30001200 B C
21
1200500 B C
44
Expanding Horizons
58
Trade and Travel in Classical Greek Times 500300 B C
65
The First Travel Writer
95
TRAVEL IN ROMAN TIMES
113
One World
115
Inns and Restaurants
197
Mail
219
TOURISTS AND TOURING IN ROMAN TIMES
227
The Sights to See
229
Museums
238
The Itinerary
253
Sightseeing
262
Baedeker of the Ancient World
292

A Miscellany of Travellers
128
On Holiday
138
On the Sea
149
Roman Roads
163
On the Road
176
To the Holy Lands
300
List of Abbreviations
330
Addenda to Notes
368
Index
375
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About the author (1994)

Lionel Casson is professor emeritus of classics at New York University. His books include Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World .

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