Most Interesting Ancient Seafaring Group?

Most Interesting Ancient Seafarers?

  • Phoenicians

    Votes: 36 50.0%
  • Greeks

    Votes: 11 15.3%
  • Romans

    Votes: 3 4.2%
  • Other

    Votes: 22 30.6%

  • Total voters
    72

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
5,369
Portugal
#71
I agree that the Phoenicians and Polynesians were the greatest, but Phoenicia gets the slight edge because of Carthage's port and its major impact on naval affairs forever.
Although not solely Phoenician, but Egyptian/Phoenician the first circumnavigation of Africa, believing in Herodotus, made some 2000 years before the Portuguese, was a huge achievement: Necho II - Wikipedia
 
Apr 2019
45
Mumbai
#72
The Conversation, CC BY-ND
The Borneo - Madagascar movement of 7000 kilometers over an open Ocean has to be the most impressive seafaring journey. Meanwhile, Indian sailors travelled from Korea in the East to Tanzania on the west, a distance of 12,000 kilometers.
 
Likes: sparky
Dec 2014
23
Kent, England
#74
It is very interesting to note that as far as I can tell the Polynesians bypassed Australia, although it is nearer and incomparably larger than most of their islands. New Zealand is the only one at all comparable in size.
Their seafaring exploits seem unrivalled, but they did not exploit their economic or cultural potential like the Middle Eastern and European seafaring cultures.
 
May 2019
26
Near East
#75
Definitely the Phoenicians. Not just for their seafaring which allowed them to cross the pillars of Hercules, reach Britain and dominate Mediterranean trade.. but also for their cultural impact, best manifested through their alphabet, the earliest known alphabet from which the Greek alphabet derives. The word "Alphabet" itself has Semitic roots.. from the first two letters of the Phoenician alphabet, "aleph" and "beth". (Compare to the Greek "alpha" and "beta" and the Hebrew "alef" and "bet")
 
Likes: Arminius
#76
I have also voted for the Phoenicians, for the following reasons:
1. The alphabet
2. The purple dye industry
3. Their skill in ship-building
4. The founding of Carthage
5. The phenomenon of child-sacrifice (which I'm inclined to think did happen, although I recognize that there is debate)
6. Himilco's expedition to Britain
7. The circumnavigation of Africa under Necho II
8. The expedition of Hanno down the West African coast
9. The Saharan expedition of Mago
10. Carthaginian/Liby-Phoenician agricultural expertise
11. Their control over Mediterranean trade with the silver mines of southern Spain
12. Their influence over Tyrrhenian trade
 
#78
I have also voted for the Phoenicians, for the following reasons:
1. The alphabet
2. The purple dye industry
3. Their skill in ship-building
4. The founding of Carthage
5. The phenomenon of child-sacrifice (which I'm inclined to think did happen, although I recognize that there is debate)
6. Himilco's expedition to Britain
7. The circumnavigation of Africa under Necho II
8. The expedition of Hanno down the West African coast
9. The Saharan expedition of Mago
10. Carthaginian/Liby-Phoenician agricultural expertise
11. Their control over Mediterranean trade with the silver mines of southern Spain
12. Their influence over Tyrrhenian trade
I would add to my list Liby-Phoenician architecture. From Sabratha:

sabratha.jpg
 
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