Piracy in the Graeco-Roman World / Edition 1

Piracy in the Graeco-Roman World / Edition 1

by Philip de Souza, Souza Philip De
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521012406

ISBN-13: 9780521012409

Pub. Date: 04/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is an innovative historical study of piracy in the Graeco-Roman world from the Archaic period to Late Antiquity. It explores the conditions which allowed piracy to flourish in the ancient Mediterranean, especially the close relationship between warfare and piracy, and examines the impact which pirates had upon ancient society. Surprisingly, in view of the…  See more details below

Overview

This book is an innovative historical study of piracy in the Graeco-Roman world from the Archaic period to Late Antiquity. It explores the conditions which allowed piracy to flourish in the ancient Mediterranean, especially the close relationship between warfare and piracy, and examines the impact which pirates had upon ancient society. Surprisingly, in view of the prominence of pirates in many works of Classical literature, this book is the first to offer detailed analysis of the portrayal of piracy by ancient writers, including Homer, Cicero and the ancient novels, taking account of the political, social and literary contexts which shaped their accounts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521012409
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgements
Maps
1Introduction1
2The origins of piracy from the Bronze Age to Alexander15
3Hellenistic piracy43
4Cilician piracy97
5Pompey and the pirates149
6Pax Romana179
7Piracy in Late Antiquity225
8Conclusions241
Bibliography243
General index254
Index of sources266

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