Ancient texts on port structures

It may be considered that our modern minds, congested with technology from the era of oil and electricity, would not be able to shed any new light on ancient texts that have already been studied so many times in the past centuries. We shall therefore limit ourselves to a list of ancient texts providing a description of ancient port structures, but French translations of these and many more texts are available in the pdf version of Volume II of this project.

  • Centumcellae (Pliny the Younger, Letters, 6, 31)
  • Portus Claudius (Suetonius, Claudius, 20)
  • Portus Claudius (Dio Cassius, History, 60, 11)
  • Portus Claudius (Pliny the Elder, Natural History, 16, 76 & 36, 14)
  • Portus Iulius (Dio Cassius, History, 48, 50)
  • Portus Iulius (Suetonius, Augustus, 16)
  • Brindes (Caesar, Civil War, 1, 25)
  • Hereum Promontorium (Fenerbahce, Chalcedonia) (Procopius, Buildings, 1, 11)
  • Hellespont crossing by Xerxes (Herodotus, History, 7, 34-37)
  • Ephesus (Strabo, Geography, 14, 1)
  • Samos (Herodotus, History, 3, 60)
  • Tyre (Quintus Curcius, Stories, 4, 2)
  • Caesarea Maritima (Flavius, Jewish War, 1, 21)
  • Caesarea Maritima (Flavius, Jewish Antiquities, 15, 9)
  • Alexandria (Strabo, Geography, 17, 1)
  • Alexandria (Pliny the Elder, Natural History, 36, 18)
  • Alexandria (Athenaeus, Philosophers’ dinner, 5, 9)
  • Carthage (Appian, Libyca, Book 8: The African Book, chap. 96)

And a few more general texts:

  • Poliorcetica (Philo of Byzantion, chap. 3-4)
  • Harbours (Vitruvius, de Architectura, 5, 12)
  • Sand (Vitruvius, de Architectura, 2, 4)
  • Lime (Vitruvius, de Architectura, 2, 5)
  • Pozzolana (Vitruvius, de Architectura, 2, 6)
  • Pozzolana (Pliny the Elder, Natural History, 35, 47)
  • Mortar & lime (Pliny the Elder, Natural History, 36, 52-54)
  • Iron (Pliny the Elder, Natural History, 34, 39-43)