Sewn hulls and self-defence



Evidence is mounting, with wrecks and representations of the 6th and 7th centuries BC, to suggest that EtruscanlItalian maritime traditions were different from those practiced by the Greeks. This technology affected both the design and assembly of inechant vessels, and also modes of naval armament. While some vessels of the 7th century already carried foresails others were built with a high-set, knife-like ram on the prow to counter the waterline rams of Greek longships.