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The Age of Titans: The Rise and Fall of the Great Hellenistic Navies

William Murray


Thanks to Olympias, a full-scale working model of an Athenian trieres (trireme or “three”) built by the Hellenic Navy during the 1980s, we better understand the physical properties of the trireme navies that defeated Xerxes at Salamis and helped build the Athenian Empire of the High Classical Age. The Age of Titans picks up the story of naval warfare and naval power after the Peloponnesian War, following it through the 4th and 3rd centuries BC when Alexander’s successors built huge oared galleys in what has been described as an ancient naval arms race. This book represents the fruits of more t ... More

Keywords: warships, trireme, “three”, naval, ancient, Greek, Roman, history, Hellenistic, polyreme

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195388640
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388640.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Murray, author
University of South Florida