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    DescriptionThis book is an innovative historical study of piracy in the Graeco-Roman world from the Archaic period to Late Antiquity. It explores the conditions which allowed piracy to flourish in the ancient Mediterranean, especially the close relationship between warfare and piracy, and examines the impact which pirates had upon ancient society. Particular attention is paid to the numerous states and rulers who claimed to be actively suppressing piracy for the good of all. In many cases these claims turn out to be highly exaggerated ones, intended to enhance the prestige of those on whose behalf they were made. Surprisingly, in view of the prominence of pirates in many works of classical literature, this book is the first to offer detailed analysis of the portrayal of piracy by ancient writers, including Homer, Cicero and the ancient novels, taking account of the political, social and literary contexts which shaped their accounts.

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    Piracy in the Graeco-Roman World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Philip de Souza
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 296
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521012409
    ISBN 10: 0521012406

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBTM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QSM
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    DC22: NA
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010, LIT004130
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDA
    DC21: 910.91638
    LC classification: DE88 .D4 1999
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1QSM
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHC, NHTM
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    4 b/w illus. 5 maps
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    Publication date
    18 April 2009
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    Author Information
    Philip de Souza was Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies at St Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill. He is also the author of Seafaring and Civilisation (2001; 1861973624) and the forthcoming Ancient Naval Warfare.
    Review quote
    'Any reader interested in the development of the Mediterranean political or economic landscape, the literature of entertainment which often featured pirate attacks, and a history of piracy based on texts of the ancient world will benefit greatly by reading this volume.' Cheryl Ward, Nautical Archaeology '... it is pithy and to-the-point and should easily take its place as the standard work of reference in English and the launching pad for all further investigations.' James Davidson, The Times Literary Supplement
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction; 2. The origins of piracy from the Bronze Age to Alexander; 3. Hellenistic piracy; 4. Cilician piracy; 5. Pompey and the pirates; 6. Pax Romana; 7. Piracy in Late Antiquity; 8. Conclusions.