3 – About Prof. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis’ Books

Books by Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis

(in Greek, English, Turkish, Albanian and Arabic)

1. The Periplus of Hanno, King of Carthaginians

Preface (Travelers and Navigators in the Antiquity), Introduction (Hanno, his Periplus, and the navigation in the Atlantic Ocean during the Antiquity), Text and Translation, Commentary (39 notes), Historical Context (ch. 1. Canaanites and Phoenicians in Western Mediterranean and Northeastern Africa during the 2nd millennium and the 1st half of the 1st millennium BCE – ch. 2. Northwest Africa and Carthage till the Roman occupation), and Appendices (commented pictures and newly prepared maps illustrating the regions concerned); Stohastis Publishing House, Athens, 1991, 108p. (for a text of only ca. 650 words narrating the Carthaginian mission sent by King Hanno to navigate up to the coast of today’s Sierra Leone at the middle of the 5th c. BCE)

Book review: https://www.academia.edu/23363041/The_Periplus_of_Hanno_King_of_the_Carthaginians_and_explorations_of_West_Africa_before_2450_years

The entire book is available online: https://periplusofhanno.wordpress.com/

The entire book is also available in 6 videos in the following playlists:



And also in the following links:




















2. The Adventures of Wenamun

(first Modern Greek translation of an Egyptian Hieratic text – translation effectuated from the Hieroglyphic transliteration of the original text). Preface (The first published, direct translation of an Ancient Egyptian text into Modern Greek), Introduction (on Wenamun and his text), Text and Translation, Commentary (114 notes), and Appendices (supplement with documentation on Egyptian Hieroglyphics, commented pictures and a newly prepared map illustrating the regions concerned); Stohastis Publishing House, Athens, 1992, 160p. (for a text of only 10p. narrating the trip of Wenamun, Priest of Amun of Thebes, to Byblus of Phoenicia, then ruled by the Tsekker, a remnant of the Sea Peoples, at 1060 BCE)
Book review: https://www.academia.edu/23395318/The_Adventures_of_Wenamun_Egyptian_priest_of_Amun_of_Thebes_in_Phoenicia_-_edition_Prof._M._S._Megalommatis

The entire book is available online: https://ouenamon.wordpress.com/

Parts of the book are also available in 3 videos in the following playlists:



And also in the following links:













3. The Ship of Suleyman

Preface, Translation (made from the English translation of the Farsi original text), Commentary (257 notes in total), and commented pictures; Stohastis Publishing House, Athens, 1993, 304p. (lengthy text narrating the deeds of the imperial Persian diplomatic mission of Shah Suleyman to the King of Siam at 1687 – 88, a period during which the Greek origin Ottoman citizen Constantine Yerakis, who had been proselytized to Catholicism, became member of the Societas Jesu (Jesuit), and was hired as a political agent of the King of France, was appointed prime minister in Siam; as the text is reflects the imperial Persian Safevid culture, the commentary is mostly focused on this.)

Book review: https://www.academia.edu/23396049/Safina-i_Sulaymani_Shah_Sulaymans_diplomatic_missions_deeds_in_Thailand_-_edition_M._S._Megalommatis


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4. The Periplus of the Red Sea

(of an anonymous Alexandrian Egyptian author). Preface (The academic historical research and the Periplus of the Red Sea), Introduction (The Commerce between the Roman Empire and the East, and the Periplus of the Red Sea / it totals 145 pages, and the text’s 255 footnotes are printed in font size 7.5), Text and Translation, Commentary and Appendices (supplement with documentation on products and winds, commented pictures and newly prepared maps illustrating the regions concerned); Stohastis Publishing House, Athens, 1994, 288p. (for a text of 24p. narrating the details of the trade and navigation between Egypt and the East African coast up to today’s Tanzania or, alternatively, through the coastlands of Yemen, Oman, Pakistan and India to Indochina and China; all the related land and desert routes are additionally mentioned in the text)

Book review: https://www.academia.edu/23401500/The_Periplus_of_the_Red_Erythraean_Sea_O_Periplous_tes_Erythras_Thalasses_-_edition_Muhammad_Shamsaddin_Megalommatis._A_Book_Review

The entire book is available online: https://periplusmariserythraei.wordpress.com/

Part of the section Text & Translation is available in 2 videos in the following playlists:



And also in the following links:







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5. The Book of the Travels (Sefer Ha’masaoth) of Benjamin of Tudela

Preface, Introduction, Translation, Commentary (605 notes totaling 128 pages of the book), Bibliography, Appendices (newly prepared maps illustrating the regions concerned), Stohastis Publishing House, Athens, 1994, 272p. (for a text of ca. 90 p. narrating the details of the explorative travel undertaken by the Spanish Jew Benjamin of Tudela in various parts of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean as a quest for the Ten lost Tribes of Israel; as the project was collective, I contributed most of the Introduction and of the Commentary, whereas the parts related to Italy and the Eastern Roman Empire were analyzed and commented by the Greek historian A. Savvides; in addition, I supervised the translation made from the English translation of the Medieval Hebrew original text).

Book review: https://www.academia.edu/23546817/The_Book_of_the_Travels_Sefer_haMasaoth_of_Benjamin_of_Tudela_and_his_Search_for_the_Ten_Lost_Tribes_of_Israel_-_a_book_review_of_the_Greek_edition

The entire book is available online: https://benjaminoftudelabook.wordpress.com/

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6. The Six Stars of the Orient

Domos Publishing House, Athens, 1994, 224p. A historical, archeological, religious, philosophical and ideological itinerary in Southeastern Turkey; each of the six main chapters is dedicated to the following cities and/or provinces: Edessa of Osrhoene – Urfa, Commagene (Nemrut Dagh), Amida – Diyarbakir, Margdis – Mardin, Nisibis – Nusaybin, and Thospitis – Van; also: Preface, Postscript (the terms of the Noble Order of the Kurdish Quattuor Coronati), Vocabulary, and Appendices (commented pictures and newly prepared maps illustrating the regions concerned). The book consists in the first extensive coverage of Mithraism, Manichaeism, the Assyrian – Babylonian Religion, the Aramaean culture, and the Oriental (Nestorian and ‘Monophysite’) Christianity in Greece.

Book review: https://www.academia.edu/23483287/The_Six_Stars_of_the_Orient_%CE%88%CE%BE%CE%B9_%CE%86%CF%83%CF%84%CF%81%CE%B1_%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%82_%CE%91%CE%BD%CE%B1%CF%84%CE%BF%CE%BB%CE%AE%CF%82_-_A_Cultural_and_Historical_Itinerary_in_South-Eastern_Turkey_by_Prof._Megalommatis

The entire book is available online: https://6astratisanatolis.wordpress.com/

Parts of each of the six chapters of the book are also available in 6 videos in the following playlists:




And also in the following links:













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7. Türk Yunan İlişkileri Ve Balkanlar. Bir Tarihçi Gözü İle Bugünün Sorunları

Kibris Vakfi, Istanbul, 1994, 56p. (a historical analysis of the misinterpretations and the falsifications of Ancient, Medieval and Modern History detected within the modern nationalist Greek educational and political systems, and their implications in the recent Balkan problems)

Book review: https://www.academia.edu/34463155/T%C3%BCrk_Yunan_%C4%B0li%C5%9Fkileri_Ve_Balkanlar._Bir_Tarih%C3%A7i_G%C3%B6z%C3%BC_%C4%B0le_Bug%C3%BCn%C3%BCn_Sorunlar%C4%B1

The entire book is available online: https://turkyunaniliskileri.wordpress.com/

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8. Mardheniet Turko – Greke dhe Ballkani. Nje Vleresim Historik i problemeve te sotme (Fondacioni Qipriot)

The Albanian Center in Istanbul, 1995, 56 p.

Albanian translation of the above book no 7

Book review: https://www.academia.edu/34468465/Mardheniet_Turko_Greke_dhe_Ballkani._Nje_Vleresim_Historik_i_problemeve_te_sotme

The entire book is available online: https://mardhenietturkogrekedheballkani.wordpress.com/


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9. Turkish – Greek relations and the Balkans. A Historian’s Evaluation of Today’s Problems

Kibris Vakfi, Istanbul, 1994, 56p.
English translation of the above book no 7

Book review: https://www.academia.edu/34468353/Turkish_-_Greek_relations_and_the_Balkans._A_Historians_Evaluation_of_Todays_Problems
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10. Pre-Christian Egypt and its contribution to the World History (Masr qabl al Islam)

Selected works translated into Arabic, Cairo, 1998, 220p.

A representative selection of my publications about Pre-Christian Egypt, namely:

a) Egypt (encyclopedia entry of about 15000 words)

b) The Eastern Mediterranean at the end of the 13th century BCE and the Sea Peoples (scholarly article)

c) Psammetichus I, II, III, IV, V, VI, plus: Greek presence in Egypt at the times of the Psammetichus (Libyan) dynasty (encyclopedia entry of about 8000 words)

d) Horus

e) the temple of Isis at Philae

f) the Temple of Horus at Edfu

g) the Temple of Hathor at Denderah

h) Ostanism, a Perso- Greco-Egyptian religious syncretism of the Late Antiquity

Book review: https://www.academia.edu/34467661/Masr_qabl_al_Islam_Egypt_before_Islam_-_%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1_%D9%82%D8%A8%D9%84_%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A5%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85

The entire book is available online:


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11. Meluhha, Gerrha and the Emirates

Introduction to the Ancient History of the Emirates, Saarbrucken – Germany, 2012, 70 p.

The present book is the first effort to incorporate two key subjects into the modern historiography of the pre-Islamic history of the Emirates, by identifying them with the modern country’s territory: Meluhha and Gerrha. Meluhha is an ancient land known through Ancient Sumerian and Assyrian – Babylonian texts; it was falsely identified with the Harappa civilization cities in the Indus Delta area. References to Meluhha in Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets cover indeed a long period from the end of the 3rd millennium BCE down to the middle of the 1st millennium BCE. Gerrha is an ancient city known through Ancient Greek and Latin texts; it was a key point in the trade between the South and the North, the East and the West during in the Antiquity. Similarly with Meluhha, Gerrha was falsely identified with wrong sites in the area of today’s Dammam in Saudi Arabia. References to Gerrha in Ancient Greek and Latin texts cover many centuries before and after the beginning of the Christian era.

The entire book is available online: https://www.academia.edu/23214313/Meluhha_Gerrha_and_the_Emirates_by_Muhammad_Shamsaddin_Megalommatis

Three of the book’s 27 chapters are also available in 3 videos in the following playlists:



And also in the following links:













12. Egypt 2011 – 2013: from Mubarak to Morsi

(Under edition – 100 p.)


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The present list of books is herewith available in attachment.

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