The Ancient Sailing Season

The Ancient Sailing Season

eBook - 2013
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In a study based on his PhD dissertation in archaeology at Oxford University, Beresford (Lahore U. of Management Sciences, Pakistan) challenges the conventional belief that sailing on the Mediterranean during antiquity was limited to six or eight months centered on the summer. He argues that the various maritime calendars surviving from the period are far from compatible, pointing out variations by type of vessel and by region of the Mediterranean Sea. Some of the texts are separated by broad spans of time that encompassed considerable technological, political, and economic change, he says, all of which had profound implications for the length of the sailing season. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Brill USA
A comprehensive examination of the effects of the shifting seasons on maritime trade, warfare and piracy during antiquity, this book overturns many long-held assumptions concerning the capabilities of Graeco-Roman ships and sailors.

Publisher: Boston : Brill, 2013
ISBN: 9789004241947
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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