The high carved prow and stern give the craft almost a crescent shape.
The sternum consists of six pieces; the anterior or presternum is compressed and projects forwards like the prow of a boat.
The crags which he flung at Britannia did indeed graze the stern and graze the prow of her craft.
She frequently occurs on coins of the empire, standing between a modius (corn-measure) and the prow of a galley, with ears of corn in one hand and a cornucopia in the other; sometimes she holds a rudder or an anchor.
She is represented in works of art, often together with Ceres, with a cornucopia (horn of plenty) in her arm, and a ship's prow in the background, indicating the transport of grain over the sea.
After the round shape was introduced, the one side was always inscribed with the figure of a ship's prow, and the other with the double head of Janus.
The subdivisions of the as had also the ship's prow on one side, and on the other the head of some deity.
The goddess Athena herself superintended its construction, and inserted in the prow a piece of oak from Dodona, which was endowed with the power of speaking and delivering oracles.
He is generally naked; his right leg rests on a rock or the prow of a ship; he carries a trident in his hand, and is gazing in front of him, apparently out to sea; sometimes he is standing on the water, swinging his trident, or riding in his chariot over the waves, accompanied by his wife Amphitrite, the Nereids and other inhabitants of the sea.
Prow and stern rose high; and the former was carved most often into the likeness of a snake's or dragon's head: so generally that " dragon " or " worm " (snake) became synonymous with a war-ship. The warriors were well armed.