A large number of the inscriptions are also connected with the various guilds - firemen (centonarii), carpenters and metal workers (fabri), boatmen, lightermen and others (see J.
Square surrounded by colonnades, in which were placed the offices of the various collegia or guilds of boatmen, raftmen and others, which had a special importance at Ostia; the names of the guilds may still be read in inscriptions in the mosaic pavements of the chambers.
The boatmen early erected themselves into gilds.
Horace mentions it as the usual halt at the end of the first day's journey from Rome, and describes it as full of boatmen and cheating innkeepers.
'Canallers, Don, are the boatmen belonging to our grand Erie Canal.
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