1532 A medieval diving suit Vegetalius

1532 A medieval diving suit Vegetalius

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: 1532 Diver using an armoured sealed diving suit to breathe. Presumably this was for short moat crossings - and was theoretical. Woodcut with later tinting from De Re Militari Libri Quator by Vegetalius, printed in 1532 by Christian Wechel from sources reaching back to the Roman original of 390AD. This is a very rare example of medieval woodcut using line shading to represent underwater - an innovation of this book. The fact that various bladders and tubes were used in during military exploits underwater is a suprise to many. How practical the device would be is questionable.

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Keywords: 1500s, 16th century, aqualung, army, colour, diver, divesuit, diving, early, first, medieval, middle ages, military, pioneer, roman, snorkel, underwater, vegetalius, vegetus, woodcut

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