The Ancient Mariners: Seafarers and Sea Fighters of the Mediterranean in Ancient Times

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Princeton University Press, 1991 - History - 246 pages
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Written by the renowned authority on ancient ships and seafaring Lionel Casson, The Ancient Mariners has long served the needs of all who are interested in the sea, from the casual reader to the professional historian. This completely revised edition takes into account the fresh information that has appeared since the book was first published in 1959, especially that from archaeology's newest branch, marine archaeology. Casson does what no other author has done: he has put in a single volume the story of all that the ancients accomplished on the sea from the earliest times to the end of the Roman Empire. He explains how they perfected trading vessels from mere rowboats into huge freighters that could carry over a thousand tons, how they transformed warships from simple oared transports into complex rowing machines holding hundreds of marines and even heavy artillery, and how their maritime commerce progressed from short cautious voyages to a network that reached from Spain to India.

 

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User Review  - koalamom - LibraryThing

Twas actually a good book, a lot of history on seafaring but not so many minute details that you felt like you had to slog your way through it. Although it was written in 1991, it is still a good read today, nothing is lost or changed as often happens with historical non-fiction. Read full review

Contents

Down to the Sea in Ships
3
International Trade Begins
6
Excavating Under Water
23
War on the Sea
30
Raiders and Traders
44
The Dawn of Maritime Exploration
55
Westward Ho
61
The Wooden Walls
81
Landlubbers to Sea Lords
143
East Meets West
157
New Light on Ancient Ships and Shipping
170
The Pirates of Cilicia
177
Rome Rules the Waves
184
All Routes Lead to Rome
198
An End and a Beginning
213
Table of Dates
219

The Merchants of Athens
97
Beyond the Pillars of Hercules
116
The Age of Titans
127

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About the author (1991)

Lionel Casson is a professor emeritus of classics at New York University and has written many books about life in the ancient world, including Travel in the Ancient World, Everyday Life in Ancient Rome, and Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World, all available from Johns Hopkins.

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