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Hellenistic Naval Warfare and Warships 336-30 BC (Hardback)

War at Sea from Alexander to Actium

Ancient History > Alexander the Great Maritime Military

By Michael Paul Pitassi
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 320
Illustrations: 80 colour and 40 mono integrated
ISBN: 9781399097604
Published: 15th March 2023


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The Hellenistic period, from Alexander the Great to the Battle of Actium, was a time of great technological change and innovation in naval design. There was a naval arms race between the Successor States that culminated in a plethora of ship types and the largest oared vessels ever built.

Michael Pitassi gathers all the available evidence and comparative data to reconstruct the various classes of warship. Each is illustrated with clear diagrams and scale models, with particular attention paid to the arrangement of oars and rowers, the subject of much ongoing debate. He narrates the key naval battles of the period, huge affairs involving hundreds of ships, describing the forces engaged and the tactics employed. Strategic factors such as the location of port facilities, the supply of timber and maritime trade are also considered.

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Highlight: There are certainly people who will enjoy reading this book who are interested in Hellenistic naval warfare and ancient warfare in general. Pitassi does indeed present a respectable narrative of Hellenistic naval history and a handful of interesting ideas concerning Hellenistic war-ships in a more readable prose than other works of the same genre.

International Journal of Nautical Archaeology

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Full review: https://www.hmgs.org/blogpost/1779451/489827/BOOK-REVIEW-Hellenistic-Naval-Warfare-and-Warships-336-30-BC

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About Michael Paul Pitassi

MICHAEL PITASSI is a retired lawyer with a lifelong interest in naval warfare and Roman history which has led to a deep and abiding interest in the seagoing activities of the Romans. He has published two previous books related to this subject - a chronological history and a work on Roman warships. As well as writing on the Romans he makes models of their ships.

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