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    Homeric Seafaring (Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology) (Hardback) By (author) Samuel Mark

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    DescriptionMany references to ships and seafaring are scattered throughout Homer's two great epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey . Here, Samuel Mark offers a book-length study of seafaring from c.850-750 BC based on Homer and additional archaeological and literary evidence. Having attempted to place both epics in some sort of cultural context and characterised the nature of society, the economy and trade at the time, Mark hones in on more specific topics. References to hull construction, ship-building, especially Homer's story of how Odysseus built his ship, descriptions of the nature of ships and knownedge of seafarers and seafaring follow. Although Homer's information on such subjects is undeniably patchy, Mark does reveal some interesting facts about seafaring in the Homeric world such as how common seafaring was, how Homer's ships were meant to be sailed rather than rowed and were therefore capable of sailing across seas rather than merely along the coat, the nature of harbours as simple natural anchorages, and the importance of the supply of goods for the economic prosperity of Homer's heroes and the household in general. Homer's knowledge of geography is likewise revealed through Odysseus' journeys from Troy to Ithaca, through mention of his travels to the eastern Mediterranean and around the Aegean.

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    Homeric Seafaring
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    By (author) Samuel Mark
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 257
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    ISBN 13: 9781585443918
    ISBN 10: 1585443913

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    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    67 b/w figs
    Texas A & M University Press
    Imprint name
    Texas A & M University Press
    Publication date
    30 May 2005
    Publication City/Country
    College Station
    Author Information
    Samuel Mark holds a Ph.D. in nautical archaeology. He currently teaches anthropology at Texas A&M University at Galveston. He is the author of From Egypt to Mesopotamia: A Study of Predynastic Trade Routes, also published by Texas A&M University Press.