The Age of Titans: The Rise and Fall of the Great Hellenistic Navies by William M. MurrayThe Age of Titans: The Rise and Fall of the Great Hellenistic Navies by William M. Murray

The Age of Titans: The Rise and Fall of the Great Hellenistic Navies

byWilliam M. Murray

Paperback | September 29, 2014

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While we know a great deal about naval strategies in the classical Greek and later Roman periods, our understanding of the period in between - the Hellenistic Age - has never been as complete. However, thanks to new physical evidence discovered in the past half-century and the construction ofOlympias, a full-scale working model of an Athenian trieres (trireme) by the Hellenic Navy during the 1980s, we now have new insights into the evolution of naval warfare following the death of Alexander the Great. In what has been described as an ancient naval arms race, the successors of Alexander produced the largest warships of antiquity, some as long as 400 feet carrying as many as 4000 rowers and 3000 marines. Vast, impressive, and elaborate, these warships "of larger form" - as described by Livy - werebuilt not just to simply convey power but to secure specific strategic objectives. When these particular factors disappeared, this "Macedonian" model of naval power also faded away - that is, until Cleopatra and Mark Antony made one brief, extravagant attempt to reestablish it, an endeavor Octavianput an end to once and for all at the battle of Actium. Representing the fruits of more than thirty years of research, The Age of Titans provides the most vibrant account to date of Hellenistic naval warfare.
William M. Murray is Mary and Gus Stathis Professor of Greek History and Director of the Ancient Studies Center at the University of South Florida.
Title:The Age of Titans: The Rise and Fall of the Great Hellenistic NaviesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsIntroduction: Understanding the Big Ship Phenomenon1. Frontal Ramming and the Development of "Fours" and "Fives"2. Frontal Ramming: Structural Considerations3. The Development of Naval Siege Warfare4. Philo the Byzantine and the Requirements of Naval Siege Warfare5. Big Ships, Boarding, and Catapults6. The Culmination of the Big Ship Phenomenon7. The End of the Big Ship PhenomenonConclusionAppendicesAppendix A: Testimonia for "Fours"Appendix B: Testimonia for "Fives"Appendix C: Testimonia for "Sixes" to "Tens"Appendix D: Testimonia for "Elevens" to "Forty"Appendix E: Book V of Philo's Compendium of Mechanics-The Naval SectionsAppendix F: Testimonia for Naval ArtilleryGlossaryChronologyBibliographyIndex