John M. McManamon's Caligula's Barges and the Renaissance Origins of Nautical PDF

By John M. McManamon

Sometime round 1446 A.D., Cardinal Prospero Colonna commissioned engineer Battista Alberti to elevate big 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 sometimes recuperating stray gadgets from the sunken ships for 800 years. Having no concept of the dimensions of the gadgets he was once trying to get better, Alberti failed.

for many of the subsequent 500 years, a variety of 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 hearth that was once in most cases blamed at the Germans.

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

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By John M. McManamon

Sometime round 1446 A.D., Cardinal Prospero Colonna commissioned engineer Battista Alberti to elevate big 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 sometimes recuperating stray gadgets from the sunken ships for 800 years. Having no concept of the dimensions of the gadgets he was once trying to get better, Alberti failed.

for many of the subsequent 500 years, a variety of 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 hearth that was once in most cases blamed at the Germans.

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

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