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Uniform Title Periplus Maris Erythraei. English & Greek
Title The Periplus Maris Erythraei : text with introduction, translation, and commentary / by Lionel Casson
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1989
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 320 pages) : maps
Summary The Periplus Maris Erythraei, "Circumnavigation of the Red Sea," is the single most important source of information for ancient Rome's maritime trade in these waters (i.e., the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and western Indian Ocean). Written in the first century A.D. by a Greek merchant or skipper, it is a short manual for the traders who sailed from the Red Sea ports of Roman Egypt to buy and sell in the various ports along the coast of eastern Africa, southern Arabia, and western India. This edition, in many ways the culmination of a lifetime of study devoted to Rome's merchant marine and her trade with the east, provides an improved text of the Periplus, along with a lucid and reliable translation, a comprehensive general commentary that treats in particular the numerous obscure place-names and technical terms that occur, and a technical commentary that deals with grammatical, lexicographical, and textual matters for readers competent in Greek. An extensive introduction places the Periplus in its historical context
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Greek text, parallel English translation; introduction and commentary in English
Print version record
Subject Classical geography.
Commerce -- History -- To 500.
Indian Ocean -- Commerce -- History.
Indian Ocean -- Commerce -- History.
Rome -- Commerce -- History.
Form Electronic book
Author Casson, Lionel, 1914-2009.
LC no. 88015178
ISBN 1400843200 (electronic bk.)
9781400843206 (electronic bk.)