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Today we discuss the rise of the Mycenaean galley, a style of ship characterized by oared propulsion and  a long, narrow hull built for speed and power rather than for transport. Depictions are numerous, so we focus on a few main items from around the Mycenaean world. We also discuss the 'Aegean List' of Amenhotep III, a list of foreign cities in the Aegean, cities which one professor believes were visited by the New Kingdom Egyptians. Finally, we also discuss a Mycenaean galley model found in a tomb in Gurob Egypt, making connections between the style in which it was decorated and the Homeric references to Achaean galleys during the Trojan War. This episode is filled to the brim with great info, so don't miss out!

Show Notes - http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/ep-015-the-advent-of-the-mycenaean-galley

Direct download: 015_-_The_Advent_of_the_Mycenaean_Galley.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 11:43am CDT

This time around we take a look at a few select cuneiform tablets from a collection known as the Amarna Letters. Discovered in Amarna, Egypt, these letters are a rare insight into the communication between the pharaoh and the rulers of many cities around the Bronze Age world. First, the king of Alasiya is forced to defend himself against accusations of piracy. This letter mentions the Lukkan pirates, perhaps the oldest reference to a pirate group in history. Our second letters come from Rib-Addi, the ruler of Byblos, a man under siege from both land and sea. Ultimately, the Amarna Letters help us better understand the Bronze Age Mediterranean around 1350 BCE.

Show Notes - http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/ep-014-the-amarna-letters-and-some-lukkan-pirates

Direct download: 014_-_The_Amarna_Letters_and_Some_Lukkan_Pirates.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 1:46pm CDT

Today's episode will focus on three main topics, all related to the Minoan Civilization in the Aegean. First, we'll talk in detail about the exquisite Fleet Fresco fount in the West House at Akrotiri. Then we'll consider the volcanic eruption that buried Akrotiri, destroyed much of Thera, and effected large swaths of the Bronze Age Aegean. We’ll finish up by looking at the arguments of those who claim that the Minoan Civilization was Plato's basis for Atlantis when he discussed Atlantis in Timaeus and Critias. Hop aboard for this fact filled episode about the Bronze Age Minoans!

Show Notes - http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/ep-013-akrotiri-atlantis-and-the-thera-eruption

Book Giveaway - http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/book-giveaway-pirate-hunters-by-robert-kurson/

Direct download: 013_-_Akrotiri_Atlantis_Thera_Eruption.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 2:53pm CDT

In today's episode, we'll take a look at the evidence from early Minoan history, beginning with pre-history and working up to the Neo-Palatial period. While the items we'll discuss are beautiful and tell us a lot about the artistic focus of Minoan culture, we'll also try to discern the line between fact and fiction when it comes to theories of a Minoan thalassocracy, or, the so-called Minoan 'empire of the sea.'

Show Notes - http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/ep-012-minoan-thalassocracy

Book Giveaway Rules - http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/book-giveaway-contest-wreck-of-the-whale-ship-essex/

Direct download: 012_-_Minoan_Thalassocracy_-_52915_10.42_PM.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 9:22am CDT

This episode originally aired on David Crowther's wonderful History of England podcast. Please check it out here if you haven't yet. His episodes regarding Henry V may help put this specific episode in context, as well.

This episode covers the military aspirations of King Henry V, with a particular focus on his use of naval power. The story of his flagship, the Grace Dieu, serves as a fitting indicator of the dynamics at play during the period and the decline of naval power following Henry V's death.

Direct download: Grace_Dieu_and_Henry_Vs_Proto-Royal_Navy.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 11:25am CDT

This supplemental episode is a reading of the 'Periplus of the Erythraean Sea' in its entirety. Be sure to check out the show notes for maps and links to more info about the text, if you're curious. (http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/ep-011-5-the-periplus-of-the-erythraean-sea)

Direct download: 011.5_-_The_Periplus_of_the_Erythraean_Sea.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 3:32pm CDT

In today's episode we shift our focus east and look at the earliest identifiable civilization on the Indian subcontinent. The Harappan people were known to have had contacts with Egypt and Mesopotamia thanks to Harappan artifacts that have been discovered in those places. Sadly, there is very little evidence of maritime activity on the part of the Harappans, even though we know they were active to some extent.

We'll also look at the characteristics of the Erythraean Sea (Arabian Sea) and see how the monsoons helped connect the civilizations of the near east in antiquity. Other items include the so-called 'dockyard' at Lothal and a few boat depictions from the ancient Harappans.

Direct download: 011_-_Harappa_and_the_Erythraean_Sea.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 12:12pm CDT

In today's episode we're going to look at the evidence of heavy-transport shipping throughout Egypt's history. Their many monumental building projects required the transportation of staggering amounts of material, and there is evidence from Pliny the Elder and Herodotus that much of this transport was accomplished by shipping up and down the Nile. We'll look at the various theories for how objects weighing hundreds of tons were loaded and shipped on the Nile, and we'll see a few depictions of such ships from the pyramid of Unas and the temple of Hatshepsut.

Direct download: 010_-_Taking_Care_of_Business_on_the_Nile.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 9:26am CDT

The 'war' part refers to the first several pharaohs of the New Kingdom, kings who retook Egypt from the Hyksos. Specifically, we'll look at the pharaoh Kamose' retaking of the city of Avaris, partially accomplished by amphibious assault from the Nile. We'll also see the exploits of Thutmose III, but the 'peace' part refers to Queen Hatshepsut, a woman pharaoh who ruled concurrently with Thutmose III. Hatshepsut focused on reestablishing foreign trade, and one of Egypt's most well-known temple reliefs gives us a marvelous look at a voyage to Punt that was organized by Egypt's greatest female pharaoh. Other items from today's episode include a look at Min of the Desert, a full-scale reconstruction based on the Hatshepsut 'Punt' ship depictions, along with boat models from the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Direct download: 009_-_The_New_Kingdom.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 8:16am CDT

A supplementary episode covering the entire 'Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor.'

Direct download: 008.5_-_The_Tale_of_the_Shipwrecked_Sailor.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 3:06pm CDT