By John M. McManamon

ISBN-10: 1623494389

ISBN-13: 9781623494384

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

for many of the subsequent 500 years, quite a few makes an attempt have been made to get better the vessels. ultimately, 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 used to be usually blamed at the Germans.

John M. McManamon connects those makes an attempt at underwater archaeology with the Renaissance curiosity in reconstructing the prior that allows you to impact the current. Nautical and marine archaeologists, in addition to scholars and students of Renaissance historical past and historiography, will savor this masterfully researched and gracefully written work.

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