Triremes and Other Ancient Galleys

By R. C. Anderson, published November 1941

Abstract

This article is a contribution to the discussion – and controversy – on the arrangement of the oars in a Greek trireme. Refuting the theory of W. W. Tarn, according to which the rowers worked in three squads or sections, thalamites forward, zugites amidships, and thranites aft, it particularly maintains that the so-called Lenormant relief in the Acropolis Museum of Athens has to be accepted as a representation of a trireme with its oars arranged in three superposed levels. It then continues to discuss possible oar arrangements in the quadriremes, quinqueremes, and higher classes of ancient galleys.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Art & Music | Manpower & Life at Sea | Shipbuilding & Design

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