When the Greeks Ruled the Seas
December 12, 2018
Guest Speaker: Diane Cline | Associate Professor of Classics and History at The George Washington University
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 8:00 PM | Bender JCC Social Hall
From the Bronze Age to the Roman period and beyond, Greeks created and sold products through risky, long-range trade networks across the seas. Raw materials and finished products were carried together on ships and were bartered and sold in ports along the trade routes. Sometimes these trading vessels sank, providing us today with a wealth of information about the ancient Mediterranean economy.
Archaeological evidence from ancient Greece, especially maritime discoveries, demonstrates a rich environment for ancient Greek innovation and entrepreneurship. Craftsmen, merchants, and community leaders cooperated to develop customers along trade routes in the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Seas. Along with such trade came news and information – as well as ideas.
Greek innovations and discoveries spread to other ancient civilizations via these same maritime routes. While sea voyages were vital to the spread of Greek goods, seafaring also facilitated the transmission of their ideas, writings, political systems, religious practices, philosophy of education, and the Greek way of life. There is no separating the Greeks and the sea.
Reservations are not required.
Fees per lecture are:
free – high school students;
$5 – Residents of CES Life Communities, college students, and co-sponsors
$8 – BASONOVA & Bender JCC members
$10 – the general public
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