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Harbours, docks
(2,585 words)

[German version]

A. General

Docks were terrestrial constructions (moles, breakwaters and harbour basins) which served as protection of ships against surf and storms and which were meant to simultaneously facilitate the loading operations as well as storage of freight (stores). In the ships-sheds (νεώσοικοι; neṓsoikoi, navalia) of the ancient naval ports, warships were moored between engagements. Ancient commercial ports wer…

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Höckmann, Olaf (Mainz), “Harbours, docks”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 15 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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