Travel in the Ancient World / Edition 1

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Overview

The only book of its kind in any language, Travel in the Ancient World offers a lively, comprehensive history of ancient travel, from the first Egyptian voyages recorded in Old Kingdom inscriptions through Greek and Roman times to the Christian pilgrimages of the fourth and sixth centuries. Rich in anecdote and colorful detail, it now returns to print in paperback with a new preface by the author.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

London Sunday Times
A masterful summary of a fascinating subject.
Bibliotheca Orientalis
A most delightful book, written by a scholar who couples a fine sense of interesting, pragmatic problems with an impressive command of scattered evidence.
Bibliotheca Orientalis

A most delightful book, written by a scholar who couples a fine sense of interesting, pragmatic problems with an impressive command of scattered evidence.

London Sunday Times

A masterful summary of a fascinating subject.

Booknews
Previously printed in hardcover in 1974. Offers a comprehensive review of ancient travel, from the first recorded voyages to Old Kingdom Egypt through Greek and Roman times to the Christian pilgrimages of the fourth century and later. The author tells who traveled and why. He describes the ships, carts, carriages, and other means of conveyance; roads and waterways; bars and their drinks, restaurants and their food, inns and their accommodations. He devotes particular attention to tourism: the standard itineraries, the favored sights, museums, guides, guidebooks, and standards of tourist behavior. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801848087
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: Johns Hopkins Paperbacks ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 798,361
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Lionel Casson is professor emeritus of classics at New York University. His books include Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World .

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition 8
Author's Preface 9
Pt. 1 The Near East and Greece
1 In the Beginning: 3000-1200 B.C. 21
2 In the Beginning: 1200-500 B.C. 44
3 Expanding Horizons 58
4 Trade and Travel in Classical Greek Times (500-300 B.C.) 65
5 The First Travel Writer 95
Pt. 2 Travel in Roman Times
6 One World 115
7 A Miscellany of Travellers 128
8 On Holiday 138
9 On the Sea 149
10 Roman Roads 163
11 On the Road 176
12 Inns and Restaurants 197
13 Mail 219
Pt. 3 Tourists and Touring in Roman Times
14 The Sights to See 229
15 Museums 238
16 The Itinerary 253
17 Sightseeing 262
18 Baedeker of the Ancient World 292
19 To the Holy Lands 300
List of Abbreviations 330
Notes 334
Addenda to Notes 368
Index 375
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