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Trireme

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published on 31 May 2012
Fast, manoeuvrable, and with a bronze-sheathed ram on the prow, the trireme (Greek triērēs) was the devastating warship which permitted Athens to build her maritime empire and dominate the Aegean in the 5th century BCE.   Most scholars credit the Phoenicians with first inventing the trireme which was itself an adaptation of the earlier bireme... [continue reading]

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