From Caligula to the Nazis: The Nemi Ships in Diana’s Sanctuary

Texas A&M University Press recently published John McManamon’s research on the Lake Nemi barges. From the publisher’s website:

The saga of Caligula’s barges sunk in Lake Nemi south of Rome—how the huge vessels came to be there in the first place; why they became a cause célèbre for Mussolini’s Fascist regime; how they were, after multiple attempts, recovered from the lake bed; and why they were shortly thereafter destroyed—is, in the words of author John McManamon, a good story that is worth telling: “It has memorable characters, twists and turns in the plot, no lack of conflict and tension, and a dramatic ending where something clearly went wrong.”

In From Caligula to the Nazis: The Nemi Ships in Diana’s Sanctuary, McManamon takes readers on an excursion through history to the fiery ending of the tale, a journey propelled by narrative energy and enhanced by the fruits of careful research. Related topics include Roman mythology and state religion, the erratic reign of the infamous Caligula, underwater archaeology as practiced during the Renaissance, the ideological exploitation of archaeology by Il Duce and his fascist followers, and a historical whodunit to ascertain the choices that led to the arson of the ship remains. McManamon covers every chapter in the 2,000-year history of the ships and does not ignore the mistaken interpretations that at times led subsequent researchers into blind alleys. In the end, From Caligula to the Nazis provides for both academic specialists and informed general readers the careful unwinding of a centuries-long mystery, replete with heroes, villains, gods, kings, and numerous ordinary folk swept up into the maelstrom.

The book can be purchased from Texas A&M University Press or Amazon.

A Practical Guide to Maritime Archaeology

Dr. John Broadwater’s new book, A Practical Guide to Maritime Archaeology: with a Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region, was just released on Amazon. This is a great guide for those wanting an introduction to maritime archaeological practices or for anyone wanting a quick reference to archaeological methods, terminology, tools, and techniques. There are numerous illustrated examples of archaeological sites within the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. All proceeds go to the Archeological Society of Virginia. Click here to order your copy!