Typical warship of the Archaic Period, an open vessel with benches for fifty rowers in single banks, armed with a ram. Pentekonters begin the era of true naval warfare. Before the invention of the pentekonter ships were confined to desultory exchanges of archery and desperate and chaotic boarding actions. Blockade was impractical, and therefore the only strategic use of ships was as troop transports. See ship, travel, and lateen sail

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