First published in 1934 as the second edition of a 1933 original, this book looks at the ancient history of the Mediterranean and how its natural geography was conducive to the development of sailing and maritime trade. Holland Rose examines the various civilizations based around the sea until the rise of Rome, and includes an appendix on the use of the sea as a motif in Roman literature. This book will be of use to anyone with an interest in ancient trade.
Preface; 1. The Mediterranean as the nursery for navigation; 2. Graeco-Phoenician rivalries; Note on Artemisium and Salamis; 3. The Punic-Roman struggle for Sicily; Note on the Corvus; 4. Roman supremacy in the western Mediterranean; 5. Roman supremacy in the eastern Mediterranean; 6. The Mediterranean empire and its influence; Note on references to the sea in Roman literature; Index.