Ram was one of the main weapons of naval warfare of the Roman and Greek war galleys. The Athlit ram was found in 1980 at the small Israeli coastal city Atlit. The Atlit ram is part of the collection of the National Maritime Museum, Haifa, Israel. The Athlit ram is the only known surviving ancient naval ram dated between 530 BC and 270 BC.
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“In the practice of several of the useful and ingenious arts they had made astonishing proficiency, and in the manufacture of sake, a strong and wholesome beer procured by fermentation from rice, they were not excelled by any other t people. It still appears to be the beverage in general to use. Koempfer met with it in all the inns at which he stopped on his journey to the metropolis; and although no person whatever is exempt from brewing it, yet there are numbers in the empire who follow no other business than that of making sake.
The town of Muru, in the province of Bisen, is inhabited chiefly by the brewers of this liquor; and at a village near the city of Osacca, it is made to perfection, and in such abundance, that it is sent from thence all over the kingdom, and even exported to other countries by the Dutch and Chinese”, AN ESSAY ON THE INVENTIONS AND CUSTOMS OF BOTH ANCIENTS AND MODERNS IN THE USE OP INEBRIATING LIQUORS, By Samuel Morewood, 1824
Boat carrying sake barrels, Japanese print of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1848)
Since the ancient time the Greek sponge trade thrived at the Dodecanese islands. In the 19th century sponge has changed the social and economic history of Greece when sponge trade was all the rage. Europe couldn’t get enough of sponge. Greek traders made quick fortunes from the European sponge boom. Introduction of synthetic sponge and over-harvesting put an end to this lucrative trade but wealth generated by sponge boom gave push to economy of the Dodecanese Islands for many years after.
The mosaic in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem depicts Jesus being taken down from the cross, and his body being anointed prior to placing in the tomb.