The first edition of the present publication was released back in 1986 and provided a full treatment of all areas of the international marine industry belonging to the Classical world. It was actually prepared to be used by the scholars as well as the students as the supplementary reading. The author starts with the voyages dating the third millennium BC, and slowly proceeds to the more modern times.
He addresses the technical development of the design of the vessels, covering the various types of them; moreover, the author pays due attention to the shipping industry as a whole including its main purposed and how they used to be achieved throughout the history of marine navigation, as well as the conditions and status of the seamen. The volume also contains the results of thorough investigation of the historically important sea battles.
Numerous illustrations, images and plans supplement the narrative part of the volume. According to the author, his book shall be used by the people having interest in the ancient naval history. Take some time reading this book and you will get to know so much more about the history of maritime industry starting from the earliest times and with the focus done mainly on the classical period.