This book is written in the belief that a proper understanding of
Greek civilization in antiquity requires some knowledge of its
background of seafaring. A knowledge of nautical practice is
required for an understanding of some passages of Greek poetry and
prose writing, and for a correct interpretation of numerous
historical events. This is an attempt at a thorough study of the
evidence, both literary and archaeological. Modern reference books
tend to repeat the misconceptions of nineteenth-century scholars.
In contrast, Mr Morrison and Mr Williams have written a scholarly
and scientific study of the subject. They collect in this volume
evidence for Greek oared ships between 900 and 322 BC. The book is
primarily a catalogue of decorated pottery and quotations from
literature and from naval inventories. The pottery is illustrated
by diagrams and plates; and the quotations are given in full.
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