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Shipping in the Ancient World

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Seagoing Ships and Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant

by Shelley Wachsmann,

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press Pub. Date: January  1998

From the Publisher:

In Seagoing Ships and Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant Shelley Wachsmann presents a one-of-a-kind  comprehensive examination of how the early eastern Mediterranean cultures took to the sea - and how they evolved as a result. The author surveys the blue-water ships of the Egyptians, Syro-Canaanites, Cypriots, Early Bronze Age Aegeans, Minoans/Therans, Mycenaeans/Achaeans, and Sea Peoples, and discusses known Bronze Age shipwrecks. Relying on archaeological, ethnological, iconographic, and textual evidence, Wachsmann delivers a fascinating and intricate rendering of virtually every aspect of early sea travel - from ship construction and propulsion to war on the open water, piracy, and laws pertaining to conduct at sea. This book brings together for the first time the entire corpus of evidence pertaining to Bronze Age seafaring and will be of special value to archaeologists, maritime historians, philologists, and Bronze Age textual scholars.

Trireme Project: 

Operational Experience 1987-90, Lessons Learned  J. F. Coates, Timothy M. Shaw (Editor)  David Brown Bk. Co. / January 1993

Review From Booknews:

A compilation of technical reports on an exciting project in experimental archaeology: the building and testing of a full- sized model of a hypothetical Athenian trireme of about 450 B.C. The three level of oars and square sails, often used together, are thought to have developed as a weapon against the endemic piracy that plagued the maritime trading nation. Rigging, voyage and speed trials, rowing, rowing astern, steering to ram, and hauling her up on the beach are among the actions reported. Many of the papers were presented to a September 1991 conference in Oxford, England. Distributed in the US by David Brown Book Co. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( account of the building and sailing of the Olympias , the famous re-construction of an ancient Greek trireme. Those who raise eyebrows at the book's rather high price should reflect on the money this book will save those who seek to build their own trireme.

The Influence of Sea Power on Ancient History 

By Chester Starr  

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Books  Pub. Date: May  1998

From the Publisher:

"Presented as 'an important corrective' to the work of A.T. Mahan, an American naval officer, who published two studies on the influence of seapower upon history...", Chester Starr's book has provoked its share of controversy and disagreement. The summary on the Barnes and Noble page reveals why: " Discounting views of naval superiority as a major force in the development of the ancient world, this book discusses the distinct limitations of sea power from the second millennium B.C. to the end of the Roman Empire." (Barnes and Noble hardcover)



Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World   

By Lionel Casson Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press   Pub. Date: February  1995

From Booknews:

The foremost authority on ancient seafaring traces the development of boats from the most primitive craft to the Greek warships, Roman traders, and Viking galleys. Highly illustrated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR Lionel Casson's famed "bible for all interested in ancient ships, shipbuilding, and sailing techniques". This page on the Barnes and Noble online bookstore site includes the book's Table of Contents.

Ships and Seafaring in Ancient Times

By Lionel Casson

University of Texas   Press  Pub. Date: April  1994

From the Publisher:

This stimulating book by the world's foremost authority on ancient seamanship traces the development of the boat from the most primitive craft to the powerful warships of the Greeks, the huge Roman merchant vessels and the slender galleys of the Vikings. Professor Casson shows how the discoveries of marine archaeologists and recent experiments with full-size replicas of ancient boats have increased our knowledge of the ways in which ships were built and used.



The Ancient Mariners:

Seafarers and Sea Fighters of the Mediterranean in Ancient Times

By Lionel Casson

Publisher: Princeton University Press Pub. Date: August 1991

From the Publisher:

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.  

The Naval Aristocracy of Hellenistic Rhodes 

By Vincent Gabrielsen 

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Books


This page on the Barnes and Noble site includes the book's Table of Contents. I'm not familiar with this book, but the chapters "The Secrets of Rhodian Success", "The Image-Makers", and "The Rhodian Crews" look intriguing. (David Brow hardcover)


The Archaeology of Boats and Ships 

Basil Greenhill  with John Morrision Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Pub. Date: March  1996

From the Publisher:

Here is a completely new edition of a classic book that brings together all the archaeological knowledge on the development of the world's boats and ships for the benefit of specialists and general readers alike. It examines the problems associated with building various types of boats and their solutions. Incorporates the latest research and discoveries (through 1996). This page on the Barnes and Noble online bookstore site includes the book's Table of Contents. (U.S. Naval Institute hardcover)




Other Titles not listed in Barnes and Noble:

Thubron, Colin
The Ancient Mariners (The Seafarers)
Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1981 

**Landstrom, Bjorn
The Ship: An Illustrated History Garden City,
New York: Doubleday, 1961.

**Landstrom, Bjorn
Sailing Ships in Words and Pictures From Papyrus Boats to Full Riggers New York: Doubleday, 1969.

Nelson, Richard B.
The Battle of Salamis
London: William Luscombe, 1975.

Seltman, C. Athens,
Its History and Coinage Before the Persian Invasion
(Reprint) Chicago: Ares Publishers Inc. 1924.

Starr, Christopher
A History of the Ancient World New York:
Oxford University Press, 1983

Time - Life Publishers
The Metalsmiths (The Emergence of Man Series)
Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1981.


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