Why Did the Ancient Greeks Become a Seafaring People?

Why Did the Ancient Greeks Become a Seafaring People?

Jacques Pierre

Historie & biografier


64 sider

ISBN: 9788743055402

Forlag: Books on Demand

Udgivelsesdato: 21.09.2023

Sprog: Engelsk

Farve: Nej


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This small book is a look into the evolution of seafaring in Greece during Antiquity. We will look into the reasons that led to the Greek culture's emergence as an early maritime culture. In the book we will go through the basic components of the environment in the form of geography and oceanography along with available resources that created the foundation on which Greek maritime culture could evolve.
It is suggested that the very conditions of the period around the end of the bronze age and through the archaic era necessitated the development of the Greeks as a seafaring culture.
Furthermore, we will go into how Greek colonization of the wider Mediterranean was deeply interlinked with its maritime culture and how it was even one of the drivers of the development of more advanced seafaring.
The position is held that the immigration pressure within Greece proper along with the isolationist and competitive relationship between the fragmented city states of ancient Greece led to the sea being the only option for outward expansion.
Thus, the colonial expansion was deeply connected to the city state of origin, leading the colonies to often retain maritime trade connections to the mother city.
This again led to the development of a trade network between historically connected city states that was the foundation upon which the large and advanced trading networks of classical antiquity would be based.
The book also has a section covering the ships of ancient Greece and their development and evolution to more advanced and specialized forms in classical Antiquity. It also covers how these ships tied in with the maritime needs and cultural evolution of the era in which they were primarily used.
Finally, it is discussed how all these elements came together to form the ancient Greek maritime culture and why it evolved to this in the first place. Thus, answering the question that is the title of this book.
A certain degree of knowledge about ancient Greece or willingness to look up terms and names are expected in this book as it covers its theme narrowly.
Jacques Pierre

Jacques Pierre

The author Jacques Pierre is a nobleman, scholar and researcher with a great interest in maritime history and the evolution of shipbuilding techniques. In extension of this he is also interested and scholarly active in the research of the establishment and evolution of overseas colonies.
Specifically, he has an interest in the early development of colonies. How the ships of the period allow for the area settled to be reached and why they choose to settle the area at all.
This relates to the motivational factor of going to sea and settling across the sea in the first place. His research takes him on journeys across all the oceans of the world to study all the different shipbuilding and colonization processes of the world giving him a broad knowledge to work from.
His interests span both over places and times from the ancient to the early modern and the latest great leaps that were made around the end of the age of sail and the beginning of engine ships.
As a member of Le Club d'Aventure d'Outre-Mer he often works on projects with fellow members. He has often been seen in heated debate with fellow member Vito de la Vera over the latter's sometimes outlandish claims and ideas. But as fellow club members they also have helped each other on occasion.
Jacques Pierre is also a Chevalier Extraordinaire.
Much of his time is devoted to his research and to go on voyages across the seas. He has been known to journey in the Arctic and the Pacific.

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