As long as there have been ships navigating the oceans of the world, so have there been pirates who have robbed them of their crews and their riches. Entire civilizations have been marred and sometimes even fallen at the hands of pirates, from the ancient Egyptians to the powerful city-states of the Greeks. Though the dominance of pirates has taken many forms, no era has been devoid of their relentless assaults. No matter their methods or madness, they remain a fascinating part of seafaring history.

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