Monday, January 31, 2011
Warship Bow and Fire pot
Warship (note the sharp ram to the right in the picture) equipped with a fire pot. This was a graffiti (Graffito) in an Alexandrian Tomb; after A Schiff, "Alexandrinische Dipinti," (Liepzig -- 1905) pl. 1. The fire pot probably refers to the use of "Greek Fire" which was a very inflammable liquid used against enemy ships. It was very successful as an offensive weapon.
Lionel Casson, "Ships and Seamanship In the Ancient World," Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995, pl. 115.