penteconter


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penteconter

(ˈpɛntɪˌkɒntə)
n
1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a commander of fifty men
2. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a ship with fifty oars
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According to the pioneering historian Herodotus, "They joined together triremes and penteconters, 360 to support the bridge on the side of the Euxine Sea, and 314 to sustain the other; and these they placed at right angles to the sea, and in the direction of the current of the Hellespont, relieving by these means the tension of the shore cables.