Ancient Greek Warship: 500–322 BC (New Vanguard) by Nic Fields

By Nic Fields

Formidable and complicated, triremes have been the deadliest battleship of the traditional global, and on the top in their good fortune, the Athenians have been the dominant exponents in their devastating energy. basically longships designed to struggle less than oar strength, the trireme was once equipped for lightness and energy; ship-timber used to be as a rule softwoods equivalent to poplar, pine and fir, whereas the oars and mast have been made from fir. Their major weapon used to be a bronze-plated ram positioned on the prow.

From the mixed Greek naval victory at Salamis (480 BC), in the course of the Peloponnesian battle, and up until eventually the poor defeat by way of the Macedonians at Amorgos, the Athenian trireme was once an item of dread to its enemies.

This e-book bargains a whole research and perception into the main effective battleship of its time; the weapon through which Athens accomplished, maintained, and eventually misplaced its energy and prosperity.

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T h e p u r p o r t e d Decree of Themistokles: stele a n d inscription', American Journal of Archaeology, 66 (1962), p p . , Financing the Athenian Fleet: Public Taxation and Social Relations, J o h n H o p k i n s University Press, Baltimore (1994) H a m m o n d , N. G. , ' T h e battle of Salamis', Journal of Hellenic Studies, 76 ( 1 9 5 6 ) , p p . 367-368 - ' T h e narrative of H e r o d o t o s VII a n d the d e c r e e of Themistocles at Troezen', Journal of Hellenic Studies, 102 (1982), p p .

Timber As the types of wood used in Athenian triremes are nowadays difficult to obtain in the eastern Mediterranean, the nearest equivalents available from elsewhere were used - durable iroko instead of oak for the principle structural members of the hull, the keel and the timbers of the stem and ram, and oak only for the tenons joining the planks and for the dowel-pins that held them in place. Douglas fir was used for the shell of the hull instead of the botanically authentic species such as silver fir, larch or several of the many pines that grow around the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

A n d J. F. Coates, The Athenian Trireme: The History and Reconstruction of an Ancient Greek Warship, CUP, Cambridge (1986, 2 n d ed. 2000) Pritchett, W. 251-262 - ' H e r o d o t u s a n d the Themistokles d e c r e e ' , American Journal of Archaeology, 66 (1962), p p . , ' T h e d e c r e e of Themistocles in its c o n t e m p o r a r y setting', Phoenix, 36 (1982), p p . 1 - 4 4 Shaw, J. T. ), The Trireme Project. Operational Experience 1987-90. Lessons Learnt, Oxbow M o n o g r a p h 3 1 , Oxford (1993) Tilley, A.

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