quinquereme

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quinquereme

(ˌkwɪŋkwɪˈriːm)
n
1. (Historical Terms) an ancient Roman galley with five banks of oars on each side
2. (Nautical Terms) an ancient Roman galley with five banks of oars on each side
[C16: from Latin quinquerēmis, from quinque- + rēmus oar]
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If Pitassi rightly rejects Polybius' myth of the Roman navy's origins in the First Punic War, his solution to the problems of the corvus, here distinguished from a boarding bridge, and the first Roman quinqueremes is not very satisfying (43, 45, 95).
So, on day one of the cruise--on ten-day cruises the first day is spent getting on the ship and the last day getting off--my wife and I arrived at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport, ready to follow the footsteps of the Roman legions that built the Roman Empire, and sail the seas that Roman quinqueremes once sailed.
The representation of a quinquereme probably occurred in the coinage of Baalshillem II (56): its use by Phoenicians is otherwise attested in the Diodorus' account of the revolt of Tennes: "Sidon has more than 100 triremes and quinqueremes.