Naval warfare

Louis Rawlings

in The Ancient Greeks at War

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780719056574
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700839 | DOI:
Naval warfare

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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

Chapter.  11592 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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