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Greek Trireme

PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:07 am
by Socrates
Our Social Studies class had a class project for the Ancient Greek era. This was an in-class project so you couldn't do anything at home. (I got an A+ of course :wink: )




PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:45 am
by Socrates
What, did I deserve a B-? :lol:

PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:17 am
by Lord Felix
That looks great. It might be a good idea to add some background info.

Great job. Too bad it isn't legos :lol:

PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:40 am
by Shurtugal
Cool boat *ahem* trireme, Socrates! A little more background would be nice, is a trireme a specialized type of boat or something? Anyway, it look awesome!

PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:47 am
by kelderic
Very nice. My only complaint would be that is is a bit short and wide, but in class, you are rather limited.


PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:27 pm
by Socrates
Shurtugal wrote:Cool boat *ahem* trireme, Socrates! A little more background would be nice, is a trireme a specialized type of boat or something? Anyway, it look awesome!

Woah, didn't see your post.

Triremes (Greek Τριήρεις pl. (Τριήρης sing.)) are several different types of ancient warships. In English no differentiation is made between the Greek trieres and the Latin triremes. This can confuse, while in other languages these describe different ships.

The early type had three rows of oars on each side, manned with one man per oar. They originated with the Phoenicians and are best known from the fleets of Ancient Greece. The early trireme was a development of the pentekonter, an ancient warship with a single row of 25 oars on each side. The trireme's staggered seating permitted three benches per vertical section with an oarsmen on each. The outrigger above the gunwale, projecting laterally beyond it, kept the third row of oars on deck out of the way of the first two under deck. Early triremes were the dominant warship in the Mediterranean from the 7th to the 4th century BC.

The heavily armored Greek/Phoenician trireme was the mainstay of most navies during the times of quinquiremes/penteres. Like these, all rowers were now protected under deck and battle was mainly fought by marines. A different system of classification was also used, referring to the men per vertical section, so that they did not necessarily have three rows of oars any more.

Light Roman triremes supplanted the liburnians in the late Roman navy. They were like the early triremes a light type of warship, but with 150 rowers under deck instead of 170, with little armor, but significantly more marines and less structural support for ramming. Later it developed into the heavier dromon.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:19 pm
by Prince Imdol
Wow, great job. Did you happan to use wood or some other material. :?:


PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:36 am
by TastyBagel
Hey, just to back up the quote from Socrates, the trireme did in fact take its name from the 3 tiers of rowers. Such rowing was very strenuous, and demanded lots of coordination, so the rowers were citizens, not slaves. (slaves could get out of sync and break oars, crippling the trireme.) Rowed by devoted people, it was surprisingly agile.

Marines fought on deck, but one of the most distinctive aspects of a trireme was the metal nose at the water level, usually decorated, used to ram other ships and sink them. A few years back, (well, more like the mid 80's) the Greek government hired historians, carpenters, the works to build a replica trireme, and had a crew of 170 rowers take for a spin. A Classics Prof I know got to be a rower, which is how I found out about this. More info can be found at:

Not technically a trireme, but nice work for an in-class project.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:44 pm
by leaf_of_lire
Nice, pretty neat. Good job on a A+.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:14 pm
by Legendary_Corsair
Nice job with the boat,but I dont like how thin it is but it still looks very good for a class project.Good job.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:15 pm
by Prince Imdol
Why do you bring up old threads. It is really anoying. Learn not to do that.


PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:17 am
by Emp.Justinian
Prince Imdol wrote:Why do you bring up old threads. It is really anoying. Learn not to do that.


Well the thread had only been dead for five days when it was resurected. The siege tower/medieval house poll from three years ago is another matter however.

God speed