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The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea: Travel and Trade in the Indian Ocean by a Merchant of the First Century Hardcover – 10 Sep 2010


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  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (10 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1163511374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1163511374
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,221,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter S on 3 May 2013
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Probebly one of the worse books i have ever ploughed through.....it appears the pages have been photo copied from a manuscript and badly, the colours of the pages change too from white to dark gray. Up to page 49 the font size is consistant at size 11 then it goes down hill to to size 8.

It would be noble of Kessinger Legacy reprints to point out the descrepencies in this book befor they fob it off onto the public with a slick cover.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good, but Out-dated 18 Jun. 2001
By Eric M. Kazmierski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This work written by Schoff in 1912 is one of the first published pieces on the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea. The Periplus, by an unknown Greco-Roman merchant living in Egypt in the first century A.D., has fascinated scholars interested in Roman trade with Arabia and India. Although the following commentary of the translation is a bit out-dated, the book remains one of the few works concerning the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea still available to purchase. Lionel Casson's Periplus Maris Erythraei, published in 1989, is much more accurate and contains the original Greek writing but it is however very hard to come by. Overall, a good book for someone just begining to learn about Roman trade with India and Arabia. I would also reccomend The Commerce Between the Roman Empire and India by E.H. Warmington.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Periplus Of The Erythraean Sea A review 25 Jan. 2013
By N.K.N.Rao - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
1. There are problems with the print and quality of paper used. Some pages have very light print barely visible. I bought the book for its invaluable information on sea trade flourishing on the Indian subcontinent at the turn of the 1st century.
2. There is an invaluable map in the older editions . Though it is listed in the index it is missing from the copy I received. I would be grateful if it can be mailed.
A Ship Captain's viewpoint 18 Mar. 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is very interesting and shows not only what was being traded, but to what peoples used the products. It gives a depth of information of where the products came from.

You get the idea it was being written for their family of traders and that the information was proprietary just to them. We know the ancient traders protected the sea route information.

For a Historian this is an invaluable work, and for example the sailcloth they used came from Egypt. They were the only ones able to produce strong enough linen.
SURPRISING INVESTIGATIVE PROCESS 20 Jun. 2013
By Lily P. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Some books are definitely difficult to p0ut down; this was one of those books. More and more, I find that knowledge truly is power.
If you're looking for historical facts ... 21 Jan. 2014
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
... about the east coast of Africa and the coast of Arabia, then this is the book to read. Great for researchers.
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