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

ISBN-10: 0691014779
ISBN-13: 9780691014777
Edition: 2nd 1991 (Revised)
Authors: Lionel Casson
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/15/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

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.

Lionel Casson, professor emeritus of classics at New York University has written many books on ancient maritime history and ancient travel.

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