Homeric Seafaring (Hardback)

Samuel Mark

Edité par Texas A M University Press, 2005
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Many 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. N° de réf. du libraire

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Synopsis : In this comprehensive history of Homer’s references to ships and seafaring, author Samuel Mark reveals patterns in the way that Greeks built ships and approached the sea between 850 and 750 b.c. To discuss and clarify the terms used by Homer, Mark draws on scholarly literature as well as examples from recent excavations of ancient shipwrecks.

Mark begins by emphasizing the importance of the household during a period in which chiefs ruled and Greek nobles disdained merchants and considered seafaring a necessary but less than distinguished activity. His chapter on Odysseus’s construction of a ship includes discussions of the types of wood used. He concludes that most Greek ships were of laced, rather than pegged mortise-and-tenon construction. Mark goes on to discuss characteristics of Homeric ships and their stern ornaments, oars, quarter rudders, masts, mast-steps, keels, ropes, cables, and planks.

Mark reaches several surprising conclusions: that in an agricultural society, seafaring was a common activity, even among the nobles; that hugging the coast could be more treacherous than sailing across open sea; that Homeric ships were built mainly to be sailed, instead of rowed; that sea battles were relatively common; that helmsmen were crucial to a safe voyage; and that harbors were little more than natural anchorages. Mark’s discussion of Homer’s geography covers theories that posit Odysseus sailing in the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas and even on the Atlantic Ocean.

As befits a study whose subjects are partly historical, partly archaeological, and partly myth and legend, Mark’s conclusions are tentative. Yet, this comprehensive and meticulous study of Homer’s references to ships and seafaring is sure to become a standard study on the subject.

About the Author: Samuel Mark holds a Ph.D. in nautical archaeology from Texas A&M University in College Station. 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.

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Titre : Homeric Seafaring (Hardback)
Éditeur : Texas A M University Press
Date d'édition : 2005
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