pasanax Posted May 23, 2015 Share #1 Posted May 23, 2015 I've been trying to get as much info about antic warships and as far as I've realised it is very obsecure. All that we have is an ocasonal description from an ancient historian and a few archeological evidences. The most famous antic warship, the trireme, is still very much a mystery. There are only a few rare hints from the past on which historians can create knowlidge. I need these answers because I am building an antic Greek ship with model crew and I want to get as much info because I want the amount of detail to be as real as possible Now questions that I need answered were hard for me to find online or in the books I've read. So I was wondering if any of the naval history lovers of this forum could know answers. 1) Historians belive that the oarsmen of greek ships were free men and it was their proffesion. So were they trained to fight when naval combat turns into melee? Did they carry shields and spears arround with them and if it comes to that situation they would rise from their seats and defend? Was such a situation ever talked about in antic sources? I need this because my bireme model will have 48 rowers and I need to know if i should get 48 spears and shields to put them somewhere on the ship. 2) I know ships were given names by the Greeks (like Argo) but did they put the name somewhere on the ship? Is that known? 3) We all know that scene from Ben Hur where the crew of the ship rows in the beat of the drums. But did the Greek use drums aswell? I've read that they had a flutist on board but no one acctualy says what was sthe flutists role, maybe similar to the drummers? I have a 1/72 model of a drummer but it would be just plain wrong to put him on deck if the Greeks didn't practice that. If anyone knows any useful information, doesn't have to be about my questions, I would really appritiate it. Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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