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date: 28 February 2020


The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

Gordon Campbell

The oared warship used in Mediterranean conflicts for 5,000 years. Originally oarsmen all sat at the same level, but in classical antiquity oars were arranged at different levels; such ships were known as biremes (two banks of oars), triremes (three banks), quadreremes (four banks), and quinqueremes (five banks). From antiquity till the thirteenth century galleys were usually triremes, but in the early modern period they were usually biremes, manned with three or four oarsmen on each oar; Vettor ... ...

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