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The trihemiolia

In the 3rd century. B.C. Rhodes, which was a naval power of the time, was forced by the Roman Empire to combat piracy with its own fleet so as to restore order. A new powerful and extremely fast ship was built on the island for this purpose around 300 BC, the trihemiolia. This warship was a combination of a pirate hemiolia (schooner) and a trireme. Unlike other sailing ships of that era, which had to remove their masts and sails before every battle and sail to the point of attack using only its oars, the trihemiolia had the advantage that it could keep its sail in place almost until the point of engagement. This capacity made it very flexible and effective in the interception of enemy ships. Thus, it did not take long to become adopted by the other powerful navies of antiquity, such as Athens and Ptolemaic Egypt.

At the entrance of the Acropolis of Lindos we observe the relief of a trihemiolia, which was sculpted with the financial assistance of the inhabitants of ancient Lindos, in honor of the admiral Agisandros. This work was created by the famous sculptor Pythokritos, creator of the Victory of Samothrace, which is currently found in the Louvre.

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