The Nemesis Of Nations; Studies In History

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byWilliam Romaine Paterson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V X ROME Perhaps nothing illustrates so impressively the rise and the fall of States as the history of naval power on the Mediterranean. For that sea was named and renamed in»-. accordance with national pride by the different nations whose navies became successively omnipotent upon it. Carians, Cretans, Egyptians, Etruscans, Phoenicians, and Carthaginians had all regarded it as a national possession' and their special highway. After Salamis, which was the Trafalgar of Greece, the Greeks might well call the Mediterranean "the Greek sea." Long before that date, however, Greeks had found their way seawards and westwards, because, as we saw, a Greek outpost about the close of the seventh century had appeared at Marseilles. Even the Italian gulfs, such as the Adriatic and the Tyrrhene Sea, had received their Greek names before any Roman boat was built. Yet one by one these naval nations had passed away like the shadows once cast by the sails of their ships, and at length the Romans in their turn renamed the Mediterranean "our sea," mare 4 nostrum. 2. Now, this maritime hegemony which had been seized by one hostile power after another was the means of the extension of civilisation along the southern shores of Europe to Italy, Spain, and Britain. The gradual abandonment of the term "inner sea" for the Mediterranean is a sign that sailors had become familiar with that "outer sea" which was believed to surround the world. The word "Mediterranean " was not used until the third century before Christ. Early navigators moved cautiously from cape to cape, and at first never ventured towards a horizon where no land was visible. There is evidence that they long feared the sea, and perhaps those scholars are correct who detect signs of this fear in one of the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V X ROME Perhaps nothing illustrates so impressively the rise and the fall of States as the history of naval power on ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:102 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021709466X

ISBN - 13:9780217094665

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