This free online lecture explores the origins of two types of ancient ship which appear in the written sources connected with the protohistoric eastern Adriatic area: the ‘Liburnian’ (liburna or liburnica) and the southern Adriatic (Illyrian) ‘lemb’. The relative abundance of written sources suggests that both ships played significant roles in ancient times, especially the Liburnian, which became the main type of light warship in early Roman imperial fleets and ultimately evolved into a generic name for warships in the Roman Imperial period and Late Antiquity.
Luka Boršić is Director, and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb. His main approach to the history of ideas and history of philosophy is hermeneutics, the endeavour to understand multifaceted layers of historical texts.
Irena Radić Rossi is an Associate Professor at the University of Zadar. Her main research interests focus on the technological development of Adriatic shipbuilding and seafaring.