Author Results for Lionel Casson

More Evidence for Lead Sheathing on Roman Craft

By Lionel Casson

This short paper is followed by a longer reply and also a postscript discussing the validity of the original author’s assumptions. The references are to the literary and iconographic evidence which purports to prove that a number of Roman vessels, both naval and merchant, used lead sheathing on their hulls.  The ‘evidence’ put forward in […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Shipbuilding & Design

The Super-Galleys of the Helenistic Age

By Lionel Casson

The construction and operation of the trireme of the Mediterranean navies of antiquity is now well-documented, but what of the larger vessels? It is believed that the number of rowers increased from one to as many as six per oar but this does not explain the layout of galleys known as ‘twenties’ etc. Clues within […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

The Sprit-Rig in the Ancient World

By Lionel Casson

Having offered in an earlier paper (MM, 43, 160–4) examples of images of sprit sails from Roman imperial times, the author now offers a relief in the archaeological museum of Thasos showing a sprit-rigged craft. Dated to the Hellenistic age, this takes the sprit rig back in all probability to the second century BC. Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

Fore-and-Aft Sails in the Ancient World

By Lionel Casson

Depictions of ships on Greek and Roman tombstones are discussed to show that the lateen and spritsail were in use in the first or second centuries AD and were not later innovations of the Arabs and Dutch respectively. Six good photographs enable the author to analyse the depicted rigs in some detail. Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design