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The Ancient Greeks at War$
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Louis Rawlings

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719056574

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719056574.001.0001

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Naval warfare

Naval warfare

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(p.104) Chapter 6 Naval warfare
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The Ancient Greeks at War
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Louis Rawlings

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719056574.003.0007

This chapter examines the nature of naval warfare in ancient Greece. It explains that concerted military action against enemy shipping by Greek communities does not appear to have been undertaken until the seventh century, according to Thucydides. It describes the preparations and outfitting for a major campaign and highlights the role of thalassocracy in providing economic strength and resources and in enabling a state to weather local crop conditions by importing from regions of plenty.

Keywords:   naval warfare, ancient Greece, military action, Thucydides, thalassocracy, crop conditions

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