In this excerpt from The Histories, unit 2 of The Greeks in the Old Western Culture great books series, Wes Callihan talks about the unusual use of the Trireme in this episode from Thucydides that saved the people of a city from certain death.

 The Unusual Use of the Trireme in Thucydides
Triremes had very cramped spaces, and were not intended for long voyages. This is why the Greeks had outposts throughout the Mediterranean and Aegean so that they could restock regularly. The extended trip from this story in Thucydides is very unusual.

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