Thursday, June 17, 2010

3. Imperial Roman Battleships

With the Romans it was the same. The first warship they had was a wrecked Carthaginian Quinquereme( a large four-banked Polyreme, the classification for anything with more banks of oars than a Monoreme,the class including Moneres.) But then everything changed. It started with the Bireme losing its outriggers. Eventually, the little Bireme would evolve into first the Liburnian, then with the addition of the lateen sail they would come to equal the Trireme and then replace it as the ruler of the Mediterranean sea. In fact, the Dromons and Sealanders of the Byzantines could all trace their ancestry right back to the Biremes. But apart from these ships, the world of the early Byzantines was devoid of information until some raiders from the north established their name: Vikings.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure I understand what you mean when you say the world of the early Byzantines was "devoid of information." Do you mean to say that we don't know much about early Byzantine seafaring (other than to assume it was a non-surprising continuation of Roman practices)?