Abstract: Wheels, Wagons and the Transport of Ships Overland in Antiquity

Watercraft, by definition, are meant to move over water, not land. In fact, there were a number of reasons and occasions when ships and boats were transported overland in antiquity and a number of ways in which to accomplish this. This lecture examines the evidence for ships, boats—and particularly their replicas—having been transported overland, the reasons for doing so, and the different manners in which this was done, particularly in Egypt and Greece.


Short bibliography and/or website:

Wachsmann, S., 2012. Panathenaic Ships: The Iconographic Evidence. Hesperia 81(2):237-266.

Wachsmann, S., 2013. The Gurob Ship-Cart Model and Its Mediterranean Context. College Station, Texas A&M University Press.

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