New publication: “Sailing from Polis to Empire: Ships in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Hellenistic Period” by Emmanuel Nantet (editor)

Good day everyone, thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia- your source about Alexander the Great! Today I’d like to report you an interesting new release just published. I’m talking about:

Sailing from Polis to Empire: Ships in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Hellenistic Period

by Emmanuel Nantet (editor)

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This book represents a significant contribution to the fields of Hellenistic archaeology, Hellenistic economy, naval architecture and shipping in the eastern Mediterranean. It asks (and answers) questions that are often simply assumed and not systematically investigated.
— Dr. Conor Trainor, University of Warwick

What can the architecture of ancient ships tell us about their capacity to carry cargo or to navigate certain trade routes? How do such insights inform our knowledge of the ancient economies that depended on maritime trade across the Mediterranean?

These and similar questions lie behind Sailing from Polis to Empire, a fascinating insight into the practicalities of trading by boat in the ancient world. Allying modern scientific knowledge with Hellenistic sources, this interdisciplinary collection brings together experts in various fields of ship archaeology to shed new light on the role played by ships and sailing in the exchange networks of the Mediterranean. Covering all parts of the Eastern Mediterranean, these outstanding contributions delve into a broad array of data – literary, epigraphical, papyrological, iconographic and archaeological – to understand the trade routes that connected the economies of individual cities and kingdoms.

Unique in its interdisciplinary approach and focus on the Hellenistic period, this collection digs into the questions that others don’t think to ask, and comes up with (sometimes surprising) answers. It will be of value to researchers in the fields of naval architecture, Classical and Hellenistic history, social history and ancient geography, and to all those with an interest in the ancient world or the seafaring life.

Emmanuel Nantet is a lecturer at the Department of Maritime Civilizations and a member of the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies (University of Haifa). He is also an associated member of the Research Center in Archaeology, Archaeosciences and History (UMR 6566, Le Mans University). He has carried out underwater excavations on a Roman shipwreck in Caesarea, Israel, and on several sites in Port-Vendres, France.

Sailing from Polis to Empire: Ships in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Hellenistic PeriodEmmanuel Nantet (ed.) | July 2020
148 pp.
48 colour illustrations
6.14″ x 9.21″
(234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783746934
ISBN Hardback: 9781783746941
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783746958
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783746965
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783746972
ISBN Digital (XML): 9781783746989
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The PDF and the XML versions are free and they can be downloaded from Open Book Publishers‘ page.


Preliminary Notes

Alain Bresson

1. The Hellenistic Merchantmen: A Contribution to the Study of the Mediterranean Economies
Emmanuel Nantet

2. Evolutions of the Representation of the Eastern Mediterranean in the Hellenistic Period
Jean-Marie Kowalski

3. Naval Architecture. The Hellenistic Hull Design: Origin and Evolution
Patrice Pomey

4. Naves Pingere: ‘Painting Ships’ in the Hellenistic Period
Martin Galinier and Emmanuel Nantet

5. The Rise of the Tonnage in the Hellenistic Period
Emmanuel Nantet

6. A Note on the Navigation Space of the Baris-Type Ships from Thonis-Heracleion
Alexander Belov

List of Tables and Illustrations

I have to read it, and you? I hope to have been useful, have a good day


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