The First Triremes

By J. S. Morrison, published February 1979


The date and place of the invention of the trireme have been the subject of dispute among historians. This article supports the view that the account of Thucydides, placing the first triremes at Corinth at the end of the eighth or middle of the seventh centuries BC, is believable when all of the other evidence is considered. It is also suggested that there is no good reason for postulating a high, outriggerless Phoenician trireme in either Necho’s day or later.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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