Thursday, May 31, 2012

Real PEP News: Deepest Roman shipwrecks found near Greece

Two Roman-era shipwrecks have been found in deep water off a western Greek island, challenging the idea that ancient shipmasters stuck to coastal routes.

Link (sorry, daily male mail)


S.R.Orsulak said...

When I was in Greece and on 1 of many tours they said that the cargo ships of the Ancient Mariners generally would use the best sea routes available. Much of their routes ran to many islands in the Aegean which were all inhabited. The Aegean Sea does have some very deep areas, so they had to go into the open sea quite a bit to reach their many ports. Many pirate attacks were close to land because they did not wonder too far from their hideouts. This was because of fear of the warships which also patrolled the vast areas. Since I was in the US NAVY I can reason why they would use a more coastal route and that is because the MED. & AEGEAN SEAS are very unpredictable when it comes to weather. They say that these 2 seas are the stormiest in the world and I agree 100% having sailed thousands of nautical miles on them. Atlantic is a "pussycat".

PEPLUM cinema said...

I'll avoid cruises on those 2 seas. Arf.