Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Via Jerry Pournelle comes news of the Trireme Olympias! :)

Damn this is cool!

Regards the finding that Athenian rowers had to be better athletes than modern ones, I tend to think that either there are simply fewer rowers today (a runner might not be good at this and even sculling teams will use somewhat different muscles than these guys)...or they've missed some mechanical leverage device.

1 comment:

AngryBell said...

Actually, I remember reading about this back in my rowing days. Modern day sweep and scull oarsmen would be right at home for the most part with the equipment, although as I recall instead of a rolling seat it was a sheep's hide and some sort of lubricant/grease to make the slide.