A Review of Dr. J. Holland Rose’s book The Mediterranean in the Ancient World
Dr. Rose’s book commences with an explanation of the topography etc. of the Mediterranean and how the earliest civilisations adapted to the maritime environment. Beginning with the Aegeans, Mycenaeans and Minoan Cretans he demonstrates the progress of the successive maritime powers in the region. By way of the Phoenicians and the Greeks he progresses to the Roman era, with its maritime conquest of the shores of the Mediterranean and the trade developed across the inland sea to sustain the empire.