Upon hearing that there is to be a book about discovery and exploration in the ancient world, many people
express some surprise: “Were there explorers in the ancient world?” “What did they discover?”
Such doubts are understandable because there are so many preconceptions and misconceptions about the nature of discovery and exploration. Although no single book can set the record straight for everyone, this volume—
one in a set that will describe the entire
history of the discovery and exploration of the
world—should go a long way toward throwing
light on this remote phase of history....