This book is written in the belief that a proper understanding of Greek civilization in antiquity requires some knowledge of its background of seafaring. A knowledge of nautical practice is required for an understanding of some passages of Greek poetry and prose writing, and for a correct interpretation of numerous historical events. This is an attempt at a thorough study of the evidence, both literary and archaeological. Modern reference books tend to repeat the misconceptions of nineteenth-century scholars. In contrast, Mr Morrison and Mr Williams have written a scholarly and scientific study of the subject. They collect in this volume evidence for Greek oared ships between 900 and 322 BC. The book is primarily a catalogue of decorated pottery and quotations from literature and from naval inventories. The pottery is illustrated by diagrams and plates; and the quotations are given in full.
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Table of ContentsPreface; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. The Homeric Period 900-700 BC: 1. Ships of the Bronze Age; 2. Ships of the geometric period; 3. Literary texts; Part II. The Archaic Period: 700-480 BC: 4. Catalogue of ship representations; 5. Literary and epigraphical texts; 6. Accounts deriving from the later fifth century; Part III. The Classical Period 480-322 BC: 7. Catalogue of ship representations; 8. The ship-sheds D. J. Blackman; 9. Written evidence; 10. Sea power in the Aegean: 480-322 BC; 11. Written evidence; 12. Handling; Maps; Bibliography and opus abbreviations; Glossaries; Index to collections; Index of Greek and Latin words; General index.