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Naval warfare
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I. Greece

Naval warfare  (NW) should be distinguished from piracy; naval warfare was conducted by cities, peoples and rulers with one another, whereas piracy was carried on by individual gangs or groups and was principally directed at merchant shipping. In wars of the early period ships primarily had the function of bringing an army to the theatre of war, serving as a means of transport (Hom. Il. 2,494-760); enemy territory could be attacked…

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Alonso-Núñez, José Miguel (Madrid), “Naval warfare”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 02 August 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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