- Title Pages
- Part I A Credo
- Chapter 1 Archaeology
- Chapter 2 Greek Archaeology and Greek History
- Chapter 3 The New Archaeology and the Classical Archaeologist
- Chapter 4 A Paradigm Shift in Classical Archaeology?
- Chapter 5 Separate Tables? A Story of Two Traditions within One Discipline
- Part II The Early Iron Age in Greece
- Chapter 6 Metalwork as Evidence for Immigration in the Late Bronze Age
- Chapter 7 The Coming of the Iron Age in Greece: Europe's Earliest Bronze / Iron Transition
- Chapter 8 The Euboeans in Macedonia: A New Precedent for Westward Expansion?
- Chapter 9 The Rejection of Mycenaean Culture and the Oriental Connection
- Chapter 10 An Historical Homeric Society?
- Part III The Early Polis at Home and Abroad
- Chapter 11 Archaeology and the Rise of the Greek State
- Chapter 12 Heavy Freight in Archaic Greece
- Chapter 13 Interaction by Design: The Greek City State
- Chapter 14 The Economics of Dedication at Greek Sanctuaries
- Chapter 15 Archaeology and the Study of the Greek City
- Chapter 16 The Nature and Standing of the Early Western Colonies
- Part IV The Early Polis at War
- Chapter 17 The Hoplite Reform and History
- Chapter 18 The Historical Significance of Fortification in Archaic Greece
- Chapter 19 The ‘Hoplite Reform’ Revisited
- Part V Early Greek Art
- Chapter 20 Poet and Painter in Eighth-century Greece
- Chapter 21 Narration and Allusion in Archaic Greek Art
- Chapter 22 The Uses of Writing on Early Greek Painted Pottery
- Chapter 23 Pausanias and the Chest of Kypselos
- Part VI Archaeological Survey
- Chapter 24 Survey Archaeology and the Rural Landscape of the Greek City
- Chapter 25 Rural Burial in the World of Cities
Heavy Freight in Archaic Greece
Heavy Freight in Archaic Greece
- (p.221) Chapter 12 Heavy Freight in Archaic Greece
- Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece
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This chapter explores the use of oared galleys for overseas enterprise in archaic Greece. It focuses on sea-borne freight as a central problem, omitting land transport, partly because the inherent advantages of sea transport over land transport in the ancient world must have been further enhanced when it was a question of carrying heavy loads, sometimes (as in the case of marble) in the form of large indivisible units. In archaic times, especially, one suspects that the provision of good roads was such as to widen rather than narrow the gap. This brings us, however, to the question of the facilities for maritime transport in archaic Greece, and above all to the ships. Herodotus tells us that the Phocaeans used pentekontors, not merchantmen, for long-distance trade. This chapter next turns to the question of the cargoes carried. With sculptural marble, the epigraphic evidence throws some important light, not indeed on the provenance of the marbles used for the statues, but on an allied question: the origins of the artists who carved them.
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