Dr. Ballard recounts the exciting adventure in which he and his crew recovered artifacts from a Roman cargo ship that sunk in the Mediterranean during the second half of the fourth century A.D. In alternate chapters, he conjectures about the ship, its crew, and its passengers.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-8 --The importance of science is underlined in this undersea archeological adventure that discovers and explores an ancient Roman ship. In addition to the romance of an archeological search and the adventure of ships and storms at sea, Ballard shows how the principles of science are used to design and create state-of-the-art searching tools such as robot systems and fiber-optic cables. The story is narrated by Ballard, discoverer of the Titantic and Bismark wrecks. Beautiful full-color photographs illustrate scenes and action; clear, colorful diagrams explain ideas and concepts. This contemporary account is interspersed with imaginative sections that tell the story of Roman shipping in the second century a.d. from the point of view of Antonius, a 14-year-old Roman boy who is aboard the Isis when she sinks. A book that will be popular for reading aloud in the lower grades, and useful as well as interesting for older readers. --Don Reaber, Meadowdale High School, Lynnwood, WA
From Barnes & Noble
The story of the discovery of the deepest ancient shipwreck ever found--that of a Roman ship lost over 1,600 years ago. Color photos, illustrations & diagrams bring history, archaeology, & scientific exploration to life. 8 1/2" x 11". Ages 8-12