Books by Prof. 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)
The entire book is also available in 6 videos in the following playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL67FC711ED2DC5E67
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)
Parts of the book are also available in 3 videos in the following playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6F4E3C053FD60316
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 Safavid culture, the commentary is mostly focused on this.)
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 coast lands of Yemen, Oman, Pakistan and India to Indochina and China; all the related land and desert routes are additionally mentioned in the text)
Parts of the book are also available in 3 videos in the following playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBF6E551BC487B57A
5. The Book of the Travels (SeferHa’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 exploratory 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).
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.
Excerpts of the book’s six chapters are also available in 6 videos in the following playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA5A3E195A6ABBB8A (total duration: 1h 40m)
The entire text of the book is made available online here:
7. The Greek – Turkish relationship and the Balkans
Kibris Vakfi, Istanbul, 1994, 80p. (a historical analysis of the misinterpretations of Ancient, Medieval and Modern History detected within the modern nationalist Greek political ideology and their implications in the recent Balkan problems)
8. Turk – Yunan Iliskileri ve Balkanlar. Bir Tarihci Gozu ile Bugunun Sorunlari
Kibris Vakfi, Istanbul, 1994, 80p.
Turkish translation of the above book no 7
9. Mardheniet Turko – Greke dhe Ballkani. Nje Vleresim Historik i problemeve te sotme (Fondacioni Qipriot)
The Albanian Center in Istanbul, 1995, 62 p.
Albanian translation of the above book no 7
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:
b) The Eastern Mediterranean at the end of the 13th century BCE and the Sea Peoples
c) Psammetichus I, II, III, IV, V, VI, plus: Greek presence in Egypt at the times of the Psammetichus (Libyan) dynasty
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
11. Meluhha, Gerrha and the Emirates
Introduction to the Ancient History of the Emirates, Saarbrucken – Germany, 2012, 69 p.
Parts of the book are also available in 3 videos in the following playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLACE320EE8DB3A90F