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For over 3,000 years, the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of civilisation. David Abulafia's The Great Sea is the first complete history of the Mediterranean, from the erection of temples on Malta around 3500 BC to modern tourism. Ranging across time and the whole extraordinary space of the Mediterranean from Gibraltar to Jaffa, Genoa to Tunis, and bringing to life pilgrims, pirates, sultans and naval commanders, this is the story of the sea that has shaped much of world history.

©2019 David Abulafia (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Beautifully written, precise and informative style. A comprehensive history of the Mediterranean Sea covering recorded history. A great vehicle for telling this complex story.

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  • 07-05-2020

An education.

I thought that I was quite well up on the history of the civilisations of the Mediterranean. I was incorrect. Loved this book.

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  • Julian Hughes
  • 03-11-2020

Enjoyable & informative

To my mind this is, in the end, a fantastic historical overview of the most essential civilised activity, trade, in the places where it has mattered most. It encompasses diplomacy, warfare, religion, language, culture, migration, law, custom and everything else but really it is about the momentous effects of humans doing what humans always want to do. Brilliant narration of a very entertaining and informative text.

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  • Philip
  • 25-09-2020

Absolutely Magnificent

A wonderful, engaging journey through the centuries of human contact and conflict, that underpins the premise there's nothing new, just another age in history and will we ever learn. For those who struggle with timelines, the book is brilliant. The right balance of major historical events and figures and yet single human stories, brings alive the history in a powerful way. wherever you go around the Mediterranean after listening, you will hopefully look out on the water and acknowledge and connect with the many thousands of lives with their cultures and faiths, it has affected. leading us to where we are today. Still searching for identity, purpose and peace.

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