The Thera Ship

By Thomas C Gillmer, published November 1975


This article describes the nautical details of a miniature fragment of a fresco depicting Bronze Age Aegean ships at sea, discovered by Professor Spyridon Marinatos at the excavations at Thera, which may be the first such artworks found of the Aegeans, and perhaps the earliest of any ancient Western ship.  Analysis of their design and seagoing capabilities are given, with the conclusion that wheel-found ships were depicted by a good artist.

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

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