Sailors and mariners in antiquity have often perceived night sailing as risky, full of dangers and particularly threats. The construction of permanent harbours across the Mediterranean in the Imperial period has gradually shifted the negative perceptions on the connections between waters and darkness. Lighthouses in this sense played a significant role in enlightening waters. However, rich iconographic and archaeological evidence from the Imperial period inform us not only about the canonic functions of these buildings but also about diverse perspectives. This evidence show how these buildings reflected hidden details about symbolism and identity as metaphoric expressions of power across the Mediterranean waters and beyond. Controlling and enlightening waters, as expressed in the valuable iconographic evidence, suggest Roman supremacy over waters and territories, commerces and trades. This new view on the relationships between waters and lighthouses therefore explores the symbolic function of these monumental buildings and their role in showing unrevealed and original aspects of Romans in controlling waters.
|Title of host publication||Water in the Roman World|
|Subtitle of host publication||Engineering, Trade, Religion and Daily Life|
|Number of pages||20|
|State||Published - 11 Aug 2022|
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