Homeric Seafaring

Homeric Seafaring 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 and b c To dis

  • Title: Homeric Seafaring
  • Author: Samuel Mark
  • ISBN: 9781585443918
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 theIn 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 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 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.

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    1. Review of Homeric Seafaring by Samuel Mark06/14/13This book is an almost dissertation level publication that practically requires a background in ancient seamanship, shipbuilding, Mediterranean geography, and a pretty thorough review of writings attributed to Homer. You might want to read this in a very good library to have reference materials at hand, such as Lionel Casson's works on ancient ships and seamanship of seafarers. Being able to read Greek will probably help, as there are chapters wh [...]


    2. Great book to read as a companion to either Homeric Epics, but especially the Odyssey. A bit on the technical side throughout, but not overwhelmingly or off puttingly so.The topics discussed range from archeology, the changes in ship design in the bronze and archaic ages, etymology, geography and ethnography. Peppered throughout are summations of existing scholarly opinions in these fields and the author does a good job of addressing them in an even handed fashion.A very good read!


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