Corbita Sailing

Illustration

Jan van der Crabben
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published on 13 December 2014

This marble relief shows a man sailing a corbita, a small Roman coastal vessel with two masts. Found at Carthage, most likely produced in Africa Proconsularis (modern-day Tunisia) circa 200 CE.

The corbita's sails were most likely made of cloth, reinforced with leather at the corners. Small boats such as this were responsible for a large amount of coastal trade in the Mediterranean, going from harbour to harbour.

On display at the British Museum, London (GR 1850.3-4.32).



About the Author

Jan van der Crabben
Jan is the Founder and CEO of Ancient History Encyclopedia, leading the non-profit company to best fulfil its mission to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide. He holds an MA War Studies from King's College.

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