MORRISON, J.S. WILLIAMS, R.T. BLACKMAN, D.J.
Title: Greek Oared Ships 900-322 B.C. Paperback Reprint
Publisher:  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2008, ISBN:9780521054133
Seller ID: 113521
MORRISON, J.S. and R.T. Williams. Greek Oared Ships 900-322 B.C. Cambridge:At the University Press, (2008). Reprint of the 1968 Edition. Pp (8),vii-x ,1-356,(2). Illustrated, with 31 p. of plates. Maps in the text. Large 8vo,illustrated blue, black and white cardcovers, white lettering to spine. Na tional Maritime Museum, The Development of the Boat : A Select Bibliography1398. A scholarly monograph interpreting all available sources, literary a nd archaeological, relevant to the subject. Scientific in approach, the book nonetheless aims to illuminate classical art and literature through minute analysis of texts and artifacts. "This book is written in the belief thata proper understanding of Greek civilization in antiquity requires some kn owledge of its background of seafaring. A knowledge of nautical practice isrequired for an understanding of some passages of Greek poetry and prose w riting, and for a correct interpretation of numerous historical events. 'Unless we know what rowing in a trieres meant,' the authors write, 'we can hardly expect to understand the battles and voyages, the problems of training, transport, and supply in the fleets of the fifth and fourth centuries.' This is an attempt at a thorough study of both literary and archaeological evidence. Some reference books have had a tendency to repeat the misconceptions of nineteenth-century scholars. In contrast, the authors have written ascholarly and scientific study of the subject. They collect in this volume evidence for Greek oared ships between 900 and 322 BC. - that is, from the earliest evidence on Linear B tablets down to the occupation of the harbou r installations at Athens by the Macedonians: or from Homer to the death ofAlexander). The work is primarily a catalogue of decorated pottery and quo tations from literature and from naval inventories. The pottery is illustrated by diagrams and plates; and the quotations are given in full." - from the rear cover. Contents : Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. TheHomeric Period 900-700 BC: 1. Ships of the Bronze Age; 2. Ships of the geo metric 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. Very good. Lovely copy. 40.00