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Θαλαττα Λοκρων: Plying the Sea of the Locrians

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The Malian Gulf forms the northern boundary of what in Antiquity was known as Epicnemidian Locris. Strabo, an author who offers considerable topographical details of the region, called the waters that lapped those shores "the Sea of the Locrians". On the other hand, the waters between Euboea and Boeotia, and even Opuntian Locris, were known as "the Euboean Sea". Firstly, by presenting a historical overview of navigation along the Euboean Gulf, the Malian Gulf and the Oreus Channel during the pre-Christian Era, this chapter shows just how important this stretch of sea that separated Euboea from Mainland Greece was for the ancient seafarers. It analyses various literary, epigraphical and archaeological sources in order to determine, as far as possible, what activities went on in the Epicnemidian ports. Finally, the chapter examines the possible involvement or participation of the Epicnemidians in maritime trade, sea warfare and fishing.

Keywords: ancient seafarers; Epicnemidians; Euboean Gulf; Malian Gulf; Oreus Channel; Sea of the Locrians



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