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In 1929 the first of the two Nemi ships breached the waters of lake Nemi, seeing the surface of the lake for the first time in centuries. To recover the two ships, a pair of pleasure ships created under the rule of Caligula, an attempt was made to drain lake Nemi. This proceeded and in 1931 the second ship exceeded the water level as well. Over the course of this recovery of these sunken ships and prior attempts and findings a treasure trove of information was uncovered, expanding the understanding of the mechanical feats accomplished during the Roman Empire.
Classics; Ancient Science Fair; Nemi Ships; Lake Nemi; Ships
Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Classics | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
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Frazier , T. (2020). The Mechanical and Scientific Significance of the Ships of Nemi. Dayton, Ohio.