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Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World Lionel Casson's encyclopedic study is the first of its kind to use underwater archaeological data to refine and area of scholarship that had for the most part relied on ancient texts and graphic representations Tracing the history of early ships and seamanship from pre dynastic Egypt to the Roman empire from skiffs and barges to huge oared warships and royal yachts Casson describes not only the ships themselves but also the make up and training of the crews placement of weaponry how cargo was stored methods of navigation harbor facilities and the ways ships were named


About the Author: Lionel Casson

Lionel Casson was a classicist professor emeritus at New York University and a specialist in maritime history



8 thoughts on “Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World

  1. Jay Jones Jay Jones says:

    This is a scholarly research book I had to read for my Ancient Technology class this semester It is very detailed and Casson gives you EVERYTHING you would ever want to know about ships of the ancient world As he notes in the forward Casson wanted to target the book to a general audience and I believe he succeeds It's an easy read I wish I had time to enjoy it


  2. William Russeth William Russeth says:

    Fascinating account of the development of sail shipping warfare and trade in the ancient Mediterranean For a scholarly document it reads like popular fiction and I had trouble putting it away


  3. Michael Smith Michael Smith says:

    Casson was a professor of classics at NYU but he was known to aficionados of naval history as the leading expositor of maritime archaeology He also wrote several books on the subject for young readers which was how I discovered him long ago in my junior high library but the present volume is his most important work What it is very simple is the most thorough and complete survey of the development of boats and ships from the first inflated cow skin through Egyptian and Mesopotamian river craft to Greek and Roman trading vessels and warships in the eastern Mediterranean He intended this to be the final say on the entire subject it still largely is forty years later and to that end he cuts the reader no slack Descriptions of vessels and their rigging and operation are very detailed based largely on wall inscriptions vases and tomb carvings I know that new finds on the floor of the Med in the past couple of generations have borne out almost every conclusion he draws here The language is often technical freuently with Greek and Latin terminology in the later chapters Every second line includes a superscript and up to half of each page consists of discursive footnotes the final third of the volume presents nearly two hundred photos and drawings cited freuently throughout the text followed by a lengthy glossary of nautical terms in English Greek and Latin and three indexes a general one another to citations so the reader can locate the ancient authors referred to and a third to ships’ names This is not the sort of book you can sit down and read through It’s the sort you keep handy as a reference while reading any other book on the early history of ships


  4. Arinn Dembo Arinn Dembo says:

    The Ancient Mariners is the lighter and accessible version of this book; Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World is the heavy much thicker and much denser academic version of the same information which will be useful to those who are heavily steeped in the subject matter historians archaeologists designers of wargames set in the period and historical fiction authors of courseThis book is fairly exhaustive but not the last word on its subject matter; Casson assumes that you will have a couple of other important texts at your easy disposal for example Greek Oared Ships 900 332 BC by JS Morrison and RT Williams and The Athenian Trireme by JS Morrison and JF Coates


  5. Burt Burt says:

    Casson's landmark work on ships and seamanship in the ancient world propelled me toward my Master's Thesis I have no idea what sparks my interest in navies and the sea other than a father who hated his navy service and a father in law who wishes daily that he were back at sea but Casson struck the nail in the casket This book is literate and thorough well written by a real scholar It tracks the development of seamanship from earliest Egypt and Mesopotamia to the end of the Roman era


  6. P. P. says:

    A great book


  7. Scott Scott says:

    For students of the sea this is a must read A detailed scientific study of shipbuildng and seamanship i the ancient world


  8. Pedro Enguita Pedro Enguita says:

    One of the best books of the subject


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