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This review is from: Ancient Greek Warship: 500-322 BC (New Vanguard) (Paperback)
While the British battleship ruled the waves in the eighteenth century, it was the Athenian Trireme that was the dominant ship in the 5th century BC.
Nic Fields presents us with a look at these Greek warships, their origins, construction, crew and role in battle.
Covering everything from the limitations of the ships themselves, to the expenditure of keeping them at sea, to the marines, and the life of the oarsmen, this book is bursting with facts. This is not bad considering it's only 48 pages long. It also includes a look at Naval tactics and strategies, and the decline and revival of the Athenian navy. One of the most fascinating sections looked at the 'Olympias' a full scale modern reconstruction of a Trireme.
As well as containing photographs and maps, the book also has 8 pages of colour plates by Peter Bull. These show the Triremes at sea, under construction, as well as in battle.
This book is meant as an introduction to the subject of Greek naval warfare, and as a result it is far from being in-depth. But if you want a short guide to the Triremes, then this is the best available.