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4-30-2020

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By the Classical Period in Greece, the Mediterranean Sea was already swarming with ships that contained both sailors and merchants, who set out from their homeland with their own individual reasons for seafaring. Whether it be for conquering foreign peoples or transporting goods, these sailors were on a mission, and with them, they carried products from their native land. Not only did they pack the physical items that were required for their journey, and those that they desired to trade, they also carried with them both microscopic and bodiless goods as well. As ships moved from one port to the next, these things, both physical and nonphysical, moved with them, and at times being exchanged and diffused across the society. Using both primary sources and the archaeological record, the exchange network in the Mediterranean can reconstruct a broader picture of the material items, cultural practices and diseases Greek sailors carried with them on their voyages. Furthermore, connections can be made about the spread and integration of these elements into Greek society once they reached port.

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Apr 30th, 12:00 AM

The Things They Carried: Classical Greece Maritime Trade

By the Classical Period in Greece, the Mediterranean Sea was already swarming with ships that contained both sailors and merchants, who set out from their homeland with their own individual reasons for seafaring. Whether it be for conquering foreign peoples or transporting goods, these sailors were on a mission, and with them, they carried products from their native land. Not only did they pack the physical items that were required for their journey, and those that they desired to trade, they also carried with them both microscopic and bodiless goods as well. As ships moved from one port to the next, these things, both physical and nonphysical, moved with them, and at times being exchanged and diffused across the society. Using both primary sources and the archaeological record, the exchange network in the Mediterranean can reconstruct a broader picture of the material items, cultural practices and diseases Greek sailors carried with them on their voyages. Furthermore, connections can be made about the spread and integration of these elements into Greek society once they reached port.