New PDF release: Caligula's Barges and the Renaissance Origins of Nautical

By John M. McManamon

Sometime round 1446 A.D., Cardinal Prospero Colonna commissioned engineer Battista Alberti to elevate sizeable Roman vessels from the ground of the lago di Nemi, simply south of Rome. via that point, neighborhood fishermen have been fouling their nets and infrequently improving stray gadgets from the sunken ships for 800 years. Having no concept of the scale of the items he was once trying to get better, Alberti failed.

for many of the following 500 years, quite a few makes an attempt have been made to get better the vessels. eventually, in 1928, Mussolini ordered the draining of the lake to take away the vessels and position them at the lake shore. In 1944, the ships burned in a fireplace that was once typically blamed at the Germans.

John M. McManamon connects those makes an attempt at underwater archaeology with the Renaissance curiosity in reconstructing the previous that allows you to have an effect on the current. Nautical and marine archaeologists, in addition to scholars and students of Renaissance heritage and historiography, will enjoy this masterfully researched and gracefully written work.

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