Caligula’s Galleys

By Lieutenant-Commander H M Denham RN, published November 1929


The author describes a visit to view the first of the large galleys to be exposed by the lowering of the water level of Lake Nemi near Rome which was begun in 1928 but which was not complete at the time of writing. The two galleys in the lake are thought to have been built as floating palaces for the Emperor Caligula. The author comments on the high quality of the fittings which have been recovered and describes the methods used in the construction of the hull which, being 66 m long, was probably incapable of moving either under oars or sail.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

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