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Black Ships and Sea Raiders


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Chapter 1: Epic, Oral Tradition, and Archaeology Chapter 2: Structure and Methodology Chapter 3: Raiders, Traders, and Sea Peoples in the Late Bronze Age and Beyond Chapter 4: Mycenae, Ahhiyawa, and the Collapse of the Late Bronze Age Order Chapter 5: The Sea Peoples and the Egyptian Records Chapter 6: The Changing Face of War and Society Chapter 7: Hedgehog Helmets, Sea Peoples, and Ship-to-Ship Combat Chapter 8: Mariners and Their Ships: Vessel Types, Capacity, and Rigging Chapter 9: : Life, Prosperity, and Health in the Land of the Pharaohs

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Jeffrey P. Emanuel is associate director of academic technology and CHS fellow in Aegean archaeology and prehistory at Harvard University.


Black Ships and Sea Raiders is tour de force that picks up the story of the Trojan heroes where 1177, Homer's Odyssey, and Old Testament tales of the Philistines leave off, giving us new answers by redirecting emphasis to maritime technology and culture along with an astounding collection of Bronze Age textual sources. In doing so, it redirects us from the lopsided attention on the Philistines to the Sherden and other 'Sea Peoples.' While many questions continue to make the Bronze Age collapse a topic of intense fascination, Jeffrey Emanuel has written a page turner from start to finish. -- Louise A. Hitchcock, University of Melbourne
In this broad ranging and well-researched monograph, Jeff Emanuel illuminates the archaeological and historical realities of the 'Sherden,' one of the main groups of the so-called 'Sea Peoples' of the Late Bronze and early Iron Ages of the central and eastern Mediterranean. In doing so, he masterfully interweaves the Homeric epic, the ancient near eastern (and in particular Egyptian) written sources, and the archaeological evidence from various regions of the eastern Mediterranean. The result is commendable indeed, and is recommended for all those interested in the history and culture of the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean. -- Aren Maeir, Bar-Ilan University

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