Reading for the Day: SEAPOWER, The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans, by Admiral James Stavridis

The Mediterranean:

No other body of water can lay claim to such a central place in early global history — at least when it comes to war. If the remains of long-dead Mariners were suddenly to float unencumbered to the surface, you could easily walk the length of the Mediterranean over the bones of warriors who died at sea.

The Mediterranean is close to a million square miles in area, more than 2,400 miles from east to west, and is spread out along 23,000 long miles of coastline. Yet the opening strait, the only part that links the Med to the vast Atlantic Ocean, is less than 10 miles wide at the highly strategic Strait of Gibraltar — which was known to the Greeks and Romans as the Pillars of Hercules.

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