This book will contain many surprises for most readers. The established wisdom of historians has concentrated on the Roman Navy operating in the Mediterranean and to a very limited extent between the British Isles and the European mainland. As with most civilizations of the Ancient World, the need for trade, and the advantage of rivers, lakes and oceans as highways, meant that travel by sea was far more common and extensive than most have been taught. Even far into history, true ocean voyages were undertaken, many being involuntary voyages resulting from violent storms, but many also being deliberate voyages of trade and exploration. Read this book and change your view of the importance and scope of maritime activity in Ancient Rome.