A Liburna of the imperial age (150 AD), carrying a consul (hence the red sails, this very expensive color being only exceptionally used). The lines are massive, and the bow prominently visible. This ship was far enough away from the original liburnes of the pirates ...


Liburnae put on line by Agrippa at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC. And which encircled the mastodons of the fleet of Marc Antoine and Cleopatra. Note the Roman additions: Archer (or command) tower at the front, wide open bridge (for two rowers) and "combat" lateral bridge and high corvus.

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Liburnica of Illyrian pirates. Note the sail Levantine, future "Latin", still rare at the time.


The Liburne (or Liburnica) is a famous ship, originating from the Liburnian pirates, because light craft, but unlike the frail Lembi, the Liburne was decked and possessed a sail, but above all, their width allowed them to possess oars handled by two Rowing machines. The Liburnians are an Illyrian tribe, operating on the Adriatic. It was in this way that the pragmatic Romans were inspired to create their own "Liburnae". These ships played a leading role during the famous Battle of Actium in 31 BC. JC., Twice as numerous as the Romano-Egyptian ships they were fighting, separated the fleet from the fleet (the Marc-Antoine Decree) framed by its "lieutenants", large units (probably " 12 "," 14 "," 16 "and other Macedonian Leviathans), who, faithful to the old tactics of the Diekplous, began to pierce the enemy's fleet and then to surround it behind. Much more maneuvering, the light Liburnes quickly retreated on these ships, surrounded them from all sides before the crows and ladders decided the combat of infantryman like the taking of fortresses of wood...