Servicing the Mediterranean empire: Non-state actors and maritime logistics in antiquity

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Abstract

This article highlights the intense involvement of non-state actors in the development and maintenance of maritime logistics in antiquity. Among their many other functions, nonstate actors also came to serve the various needs of central Mediterranean forces, such as the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman empires. While the arbitrary, opportunistic nature of this process is emphasized, notions of imperial grand strategy are found to be less important and are ultimately dismissed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-32
Number of pages24
JournalMediterranean Studies
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

Keywords

  • Commerce
  • Empire
  • Fleet
  • Harbor
  • Logistics
  • Maritime
  • Mediterranean

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • Sociology and Political Science

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