Historic examples include the waters of Gibraltar, the Strait of Malacca, Madagascar, the Gulf of Aden, and the English Channel, whose geographic structures facilitated pirate attacks.
The Aegean coast suffered similar attacks a few years later.
In 264, the Goths reached Galatia and Cappadocia, and Gothic pirates landed on Cyprus and Crete.
In the 3rd century BC, pirate attacks on Olympos (city in Anatolia) brought impoverishment.
Among some of the most famous ancient pirateering peoples were the Illyrians, a people populating the western Balkan peninsula.
Piracy is an act of robbery or criminal violence by ship or boat-borne attackers upon another ship or a coastal area, typically with the goal of stealing cargo and other valuable items or properties.
Those who engage in acts of piracy are called pirates.While the term can include acts committed in the air, on land (especially across national borders or in connection with taking over and robbing a car or train), or in other major bodies of water or on a shore, this article focuses on maritime piracy.It does not normally include crimes committed against people traveling on the same vessel as the perpetrator (e.g.Some Vikings ascending the rivers of Eastern Europe as far as the Black Sea and Persia.The lack of centralized powers all over Europe during the Middle Ages enabled pirates to attack ships and coastal areas all over the continent.The Senate finally invested the general Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus with powers to deal with piracy in 67 BC (the Lex Gabinia), and Pompey, after three months of naval warfare, managed to suppress the threat.