The Ptolemies, the Sea and the Nile: Studies in Waterborne Power

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Kostas Buraselis, Mary Stefanou, Dorothy J. Thompson
Cambridge University Press, 4 lug 2013 - 274 pagine
With its emphasis on the dynasty's concern for control of the sea - both the Mediterranean and the Red Sea - and the Nile, this book offers a new and original perspective on Ptolemaic power in a key period of Hellenistic history. Within the developing Aegean empire of the Ptolemies, the role of the navy is examined together with that of its admirals. Egypt's close relationship to Rhodes is subjected to scrutiny, as is the constant threat of piracy to the transport of goods on the Nile and by sea. Along with the trade in grain came the exchange of other products. Ptolemaic kings used their wealth for luxury ships and the dissemination of royal portraiture was accompanied by royal cult. Alexandria, the new capital of Egypt, attracted poets, scholars and even philosophers; geographical exploration by sea was a feature of the period and observations of the time enjoyed a long afterlife.
 

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Indice

Introduction
1
The Ptolemaic League of Islanders
19
Callicrates of Samos and Patroclus of Macedon
39
the commercial
66
Polybius and Ptolemaic sea power
82
figures
83
Ptolemaic grain seaways and power
97
the military settlers
108
American School of Classical
151
Ptolemies and piracy
160
The Nile police in the Ptolemaic period
172
Hellenistic royal barges
185
Eudoxus of Cyzicus and Ptolemaic exploration of the
197
sea routes and Hellenistic
207
Claudius Ptolemy on Egypt and East Africa
218
Bibliography
232

Posidippus 89 AB
132
Aspects of the diffusion of Ptolemaic portraiture overseas
143
Archaeological Museum After Hiller von Gaertringen
145

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Kostas Buraselis is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Athens. He is the author of several books, including most recently Kos between Hellenism and Rome (2000), and is also editor/co-editor of various collected volumes and author of numerous articles and reviews, especially on topics in Hellenistic and Roman history.

Mary Stefanou is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Athens and Professor of Philology in Secondary Education in Greece. She has acted as a co-editor to various collected volumes and has translated books on ancient history into Greek.

Dorothy J. Thompson was until her retirement Newton Trust Affiliated Lecturer in Ancient History in the Faculty of Classics. She remains a Fellow of Girton College and is still actively involved in lecturing and research. She has taken part in archaeological excavations in Greece, Turkey and Egypt, and is a Fellow of the British Academy and Honorary President of the International Association of Papyrologists. Her books include Memphis under the Ptolemies (1988, awarded the James H. Breasted Prize by the American Historical Association, 2nd edition, 2012) and Counting the People in Hellenistic Egypt (2006, with Willy Clarysse).

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