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April 27, 2004

Trireme

Marine archaeologists are after the remains of as many as a thousand Greek and Persian wrecks from the Persian Wars. Their aim is to discover just how a trireme worked.

The team hopes to illuminate the battles and solve trireme mysteries. For instance, modern experts built a 120-foot copy, but neither it nor recent theorizing and experimentation have explained how the ancient warships moved so rapidly.

"That means somewhere there is a mistake," said Katerina Dellaporta, director of underwater antiquities for Greece and a leader of the project. "They were very, very steady in naval battles and very fast."

And then... Here are some photos of a contemporary - arguably not working quite right - version of the ancient real deal, the Hellenic Navy's Olympias. Something right up my street: a paper on how trireme construction was financed. Neat!

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 27, 2004 09:06 AM

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Of interest to this former "Civilization" gamer!

Good old trusty triremes.

Posted by: Mike Campbell at April 27, 2004 10:25 AM