The Navies of Rome

Michael Pitassi

A groundbreaking new chronological study of the role played by the Navy in the successful development of the Roman Empire.
Date Published :
December 2010
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Contributor(s) :
Michael Pitassi
Illustration :
10 color. 24 line.
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781843836001
Pages : 392
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Both welcome and useful. [...] This is a narrative history as well as a focused study of the development of the ships, officers, and crews and the overall naval establishment. Recommended. CHOICE

This publication represents the first true examination of the Roman Navy as an independent arm of the military. Though many may perceive the Roman Empire as a primarily land-based organisation, an empire forged by the formidable legions of infantry, thetruth is that it was as much a maritime empire as that of the British in the nineteenth century, and in fact the Roman Navy was the most powerful maritime force ever to have existed. It secured the trade routes and maintained thecommunications that allowed the Roman Empire to exist; and it brought previously untouchable and unreachable enemies to battle and enabled the expansion of Imperial power into areas thought hitherto inaccessible. This book, featuring detailed reconstructions of the ships themselves, provides an engaging survey of the craft, their crewmen, and the navy's major contribution to the Empire's growth.

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