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A. General

Piracy is armed robbery using ships on open or coastal waters. The boundaries between naval warfare and piracy hard to set; the same goes for sea trade and piracy. In the eastern Mediterranean piracy was practically aided and abetted by on-going wars - from the  Peloponnesian War to the Wars of the Successors (Diadochi, wars of the) - which prevented Greek cities from ensuring the security of sea routes; pirates also often supported warring powers thereby consolidating their own position.

Pirates also play…

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Alonso-Núñez, José Miguel (Madrid), “Piracy”, 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 25 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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