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The Voyage of Leucippe and Clitophon: A New Interpretation (2014)


As told in a novel of the second century ad, the couple Leucippe and Clitophon boarded a ship sailing from Beirut to Alexandria. The ship, apparently a 20-metre-long coaster, set out on a SW course, driven by an easterly wind. On the third day the wind shifted abruptly to the south-west, and the sea rose. Despite the efforts to tack, balance the ship and make way to windward, she was wrecked near Pelusium in Egypt. The weather phenomenon described is explained by a change of synoptic conditions, typical to the region, most probably in a transitional season, spring or autumn. The suggested course and distances made by the ship differ from a previous analysis of this voyage by Jean Rougé in 1978.

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Authors & Contributors
Hoz, María Paz de
Guichard, Luis Arturo
García Alonso, Juan Luis
Steel, Frances
Hicks, Robert D.
Broodbank, Cyprian
Australian Historical Studies
Geographia antiqua
Oxford University Press
Naval Institute Press
Cambridge University Press
L'Erma di Bretschneider
Peter Lang
Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge
Roman Empire
Sea travel
Sailing ships
Travel; exploration
Science and literature
Ptolemy, Claudius
Zheng, He
Asclepius of Epidaurus
Eratosthenes of Cyrene
Empedocles of Agrigentum
Time Periods
2nd century
20th century, early
19th century
17th century
15th century
Mediterranean region
Hellenistic world
Alexandria (Egypt)
New Zealand
Virginia (U.S.)

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