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Travel in the Ancient World

"Travel in the Ancient World" offers a comprehensive review of ancient travel, from the first recorded voyages to Old Kingdom Egypt through Greek and Roman times to the Christian pilgrimages of the 4th century and later. Lionel Casson tells who travelled and why (government business, trade, health, vacationing, tourism). He describes the ships, carts, carriages, and other means of conveyance; roads and waterways; bars and their drinks, restaurants and their food, inns and their accommodations. He devotes particular attention to tourism: the standard itineraries, the favoured sights, museums, guides, guidebooks and standards of tourist behaviour. This paperback edition contains a new preface and a supplement that brings the documentation up to date.
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Lionel Casson is professor emeritus of classics at New York University. His books include Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World .


A masterful summary of a fascinating subject. * London Sunday Times * A most delightful book, written by a scholar who couples a fine sense of interesting, pragmatic problems with an impressive command of scattered evidence. * Bibliotheca Orientalis *

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