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The Olympias Τrireme sails again

The H.N. Olympias is a full-scale, working replica of the legendary 170-oared Athenian trireme of the 5th century BC., designed by 'Trireme Trust'.

The Olympias Τrireme sails again
The reconstructed Trireme, Olympias on the water
[Credit: © Alexandra Guest]
The 'Intrepid' of its day, the trireme laid the foundation for democracy and western civilization.

Ancient tales praised the triremes' great speed and manoeuvrability.

However, because no ship remains have ever been found, historians consider them 'one of the greatest mysteries of ancient times.'

In the late 1980s, a group of British scholars, naval architects and the Greek government joined forces to construct Olympias - bringing ancient history to life.

Sea-trials were held to test the ship's capabilities.

The Olympias Τrireme sails again
The Olympias at the Naval Tradition Park in Faliro, Athens 
[Credit: Trireme Trust]
The unique archaeological project allowed scientists to learn a great deal about the triremes' speed and strength, as well as the battle tactics of the ancient Athenians.

In 1993, Olympias travelled to Britain as part of an event celebrating the 2,500 years since the birth of democracy in Greece.

On August 11, 2004, it carried the Olympic Flame to Piraeus but, due to high maintenance costs, was subsequently put in dry dock at the Naval Tradition Park in Faliro, Athens, on November 25, 2005, where it has remained ever since.

Ten years on, the necessary hull repairs and other maintenance works have finally been completed and the ship is once again sea-worthy.

Source: Greek Reporter [May 03, 2016]

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