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On The Use Of Design In Ancient Mediterranean Ship Construction

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Ancient Mediterranean shipbuilding was based on a &t;longitudinal shell conception&t;, in which the hull shapes were determined by a longitudinal concept given by the planking and in which the mechanical structure is provided by the shell planking. One has to take into consideration two different types or two different levels of ship construction as pointed out by L. Basch. The first one is the private construction on which common shipbuilding relies. The second type is State construction, under the rule of the governing power, which was concerned mainly with ships for the war fleets or with unconventional ships. In the Greco-Roman period, the use of drawings was probably common in civil architecture, especially for official buildings.

Keywords: Ancient Mediterranean shipbuilding; Greco-Roman period; war fleet

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