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The Influence Of Sea-power On The History Of The Roman Republic Paperback – 9 Feb 2018
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James J. Bloom
A Valuable Early Resource on the Neglected Naval History of Rome
19 August 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
I had been searching for a copy of this 90-year old unpublished doctoral dissertation in preparing my own articles on the sea power of ancient Rome. I was pleased to be able to access it in a bound hard copy format. There was very little on the topic of Rome's maritime efforts before the recent publication of Michael Pitassi's THE NAVIES OF ROME (2009). The Dutch historian J.H. Thiel's rare two books dating from the 1940s are helpful but very hard to find and exorbitantly expensive when you do. Dr. Pitassi's admirable work is likewise quite costly though obviously not rare. Unlike Professor Thiel, Clark does not consider the ancient Romans as inherently hating ships and the sea but he credits them with a pragmatical, dogged approach to seafaring. Clark acknowledges that the Romans did not wax poetic about ships and navigation as did the ancient Greeks, but they carped about the dangers and discomforts of sea passages. However, in the words of Pompeieus Magnus, the admiral that purged the sea lanes of piracy during the first century BC, "It is necessary to sail; it is not necessary to live". This quote, meaning that the Rome grain fleets had to get through for the survival of the Republic even though many seamen had to die in the effort, epitomizes Clark's take on Roman sea power. His book is one of the best short surveys I have read on the topic. Well worth anyone interested in the maritime component of the rise of the Roman Empire. Soon my collected articles on the Sea Power of the Roman Empire(beginning where Clark leaves off) will be published in book form and Dr. Clark's work was quite helpful in writing my early chapters.