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Maritime piracy has been an issue of longstanding concern for humanity. The threat of piracy has continuously affected various sovereigns, empires and states over the centuries. Historical evidence suggests that the incidence of piracy can be contained and be brought to a manageable level through adoption of proper strategies. A clear understanding of its historical and contemporary perspectives is also crucial to address the piracy problem. The paper provides a brief review of the evolution of the concept of piracy and explore its different faces throughout human history. The paper concludes by focusing on some of the lessons that can be drawn from history to combat modern piracy.