Imatge de l'autor

Lionel Casson (1914–2009)

Autor/a de Libraries in the Ancient World

26+ obres 3,269 Membres 45 Ressenyes 1 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Lionel Casson, professor emeritus of classics at New York University has written many books on ancient maritime history and ancient travel.
Crèdit de la imatge: New York Times

Obres de Lionel Casson

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Jesus and His Times (Reader's Digest Books) (1987) — Col·laborador — 1,127 exemplars
The American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1985) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions154 exemplars
The Menaechmus Twins, and Two Other Plays (The Norton Library, N602) (1960) — Traductor, algunes edicions103 exemplars
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1991 (1991) — Author "Ancient Naval Warfare" — 17 exemplars
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1989 (1989) — Author "Demetrius, Besieger of Cities" — 16 exemplars
Rome and India : the ancient sea trade (1991) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Studies in Roman Law in Memory of A. Arthur Schiller (1986) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Casson, Lionel
Nom oficial
Cohen, Lionel I.
Altres noms
Casson, Lionel Jim
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
New York, New York, USA
Lloc de naixement
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Lloc de defunció
Manhattan, New York, USA
Causa de la mort
Llocs de residència
New York, New York, USA
New York University (BA|1934 |MA|1936 |Ph.D|1939)
maritime historian
Casson, Julia (wife)
United States Navy
New York University
Trap Door Spiders
Premis i honors
Archaeological Institute of America Gold Medal (2005)
Guggenheim Fellowship (New York University, 1952)
Biografia breu
Lionel Casson was one of two sons in a Brooklyn Jewish family; his father owned a lumberyard. His original name was Lionel Cohen. He attended New York University for all his studies, earning a bachelor's degree in 1934, a master's in 1936 and his Ph.D. in 1939. He joined the faculty as an instructor and then served as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, Prof. Casson returned to NYU, where he served as a professor of classics from 1961 to 1979. In 1952, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship that allowed him to examine the site of important ancient harbors on the coast of the Mediterranean. He wrote 23 books on maritime history and classic literature, using as his sources various ancient materials ranging from Demosthenes's speeches to ship cargo manifests and archeological studies of ancient shipwrecks and the contents of the amphorae they carried.
The New York Times said in his obituary that Prof. Casson "melded his mastery of classical literature with the findings of underwater archaeology in scholarly but accessible books about the history of ancient seafaring, from the primitive dory to the vast armadas of the Roman Empire."



An enlightening overview of the origins of travel in the ancient world. Most of the focus is on the classical period, both Greek and Roman, but with an emphasis on Roman due to the variety of source material available for the Imperial period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire. The level of detail and the use of primary sources is satisfying. I was slightly disappointed in the coverage of the non-Classical cultures but the author is a classicist and the book reflects his expertise. He is very strong on the Greek and Roman material and written evidence but less so on the Persian, Phoenician, Assyrian, Babylonian etc. Overall an excellent monograph on a niche subject but rather light on the non-classical cultures in the period.… (més)
BriainC | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Feb 26, 2024 |
A concise survey of the history of libraries from Egypt, to Greece and to Rome, from roll to codex. Casson is storng on his discussion of the fate of Alexandria, showing some evidence of this library still active until possibl AD 300. I also found enlightening his discussion of what happened to the heirs on the death of Alexander the Great. Not a lot detail, for example, of the different Greek philosopher libraries, but, overall, definitely worth reading.
SamMelfi | Hi ha 18 ressenyes més | Jan 7, 2024 |
This thorough explanation of the progress of ancient sailing technologies put the development of the triremes and penteconters typically considered Greek ships into the context of all ancient naval development, which was helpful for the development of a port scene. It would also have been highly useful for the Artemisia piece I worked on about eighteen months ago. It includes much information about Egyptian and Roman sailing technologies as well, if a little less than desired about non-military vessels.… (més)
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et.carole | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jan 21, 2022 |
Ótima obra introdutória, boa pra consultar e se dali aprofundar se for necessário. Muito bom para quem se interessa ou estuda a história das bibliotecas.
tarsischwald | Hi ha 18 ressenyes més | Oct 23, 2021 |


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