Ancient Greek Sailing

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Ancient Greek Sailing

Post by wakeagainstthefall » Sat 17 Mar 2012, 04:56

At what point in Greek history did the most maritime activity take place?
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Re: Ancient Greek Sailing

Post by cybrxkhan » Sat 17 Mar 2012, 06:26

What do you mean by "most maritime activity"? As in the most ships sailing around, the best maritime economy, etc.? I suppose those things would be hard to determine, but (if I remember correctly) Greek colonization occurred mainly from the 7th to 4th centuries BCE. However, trade was still going strong during the Roman and the Byzantine eras in the Mediterranean, but it's a bit hard to separate that from the trade of other cultures and societies in the region, such as the Phoenicians or Italians or what not.
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Re: Ancient Greek Sailing

Post by wakeagainstthefall » Sun 18 Mar 2012, 08:00

My purpose for asking is that I'm trying to decide what dialect of ancient Greek I should learn. I associate different languages with certain aspects of life or objects of the world, for example, I associate classical Latin with nature (I don't know why.) To me, ancient Greek represents the sea, but which dialect should I choose to represent that? I'm terribly sorry if that all sounded idiotic.
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Re: Ancient Greek Sailing

Post by cybrxkhan » Sun 18 Mar 2012, 08:07

That makes more sense.

Wikipedia's a bit more reliable here, they have a list of Ancient Greek dialects: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_greek_dialects

My suggestion would be Attic Greek, the dialect of Athens, since, well, Athens was considered to be the naval power of ancient Greece for quite a long time.
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Re: Ancient Greek Sailing

Post by wakeagainstthefall » Sun 18 Mar 2012, 08:18

I looked at those long and hard. Do you know of any Greek poems about the sea from that time?
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Post by cybrxkhan » Sun 18 Mar 2012, 09:09

The Odyssey has tons of scenes that take place at sea, and I think there were portions that were talking specifically about the sea itsel.=f. Granted it's in Homeric Greek, but whatever.
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Re: Ancient Greek Sailing

Post by wakeagainstthefall » Tue 20 Mar 2012, 06:12

Is there any connection between the name "Ionians" and the name of the Ionian Sea?
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Re: Ancient Greek Sailing

Post by Solarius » Fri 23 Mar 2012, 01:33

I would guess so.
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