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The ancient sailing season [electronic resource] / by James Beresford.

Author/Creator:
Beresford, James, 1972-
Publication:
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (380 p.)
Series:
Mnemosyne, Supplements 351.
Mnemosyne, supplements ; 351
History and archaeology of classical antiquity
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Subjects:
Navigation -- History -- To 1500.
Sailing -- History -- To 1500.
Naval history, Ancient.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Providing a comprehensive examination of the capacity of ancient ships and seafarers to cope with seasonally changing sea conditions, this book draws on a wide range of ancient literary sources while also taking account of modern weather records, hydrological data, and recent archaeological discoveries. Taking a fresh look at the various ways in which seasonality affected maritime transport across the sea-lanes of the ancient world, this book offers new perspectives on the nature of seaborne trade, naval warfare and piratical operations. The result is a volume that questions many long-held scholarly assumptions concerning the strength and seaworthiness of ancient vessels, as well as the abilities of Greek and Roman mariners, to regularly undertake voyages across hazardous stretches of sea.
Contents:
Front Matter
The State of Modern Scholarship
The Textual Evidence
The Mediterranean Climatic Regime
Ships and Sails
Navigation
The Sailing Season of the Indian Ocean
Ancient Pirates and Fishermen
Conclusion
Bibliography
Illustration Section
Index.
Notes:
Title from PDF title page (viewed on Dec. 3, 2012).
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1-283-85508-9
90-04-24194-9
OCLC:
821180715
Publisher Number:
10.1163/9789004241947 DOI