Empire, Oil, and Disaster - blog about my new book

A religious sect getting more and more attention of the world. Jews in the Middle East already have problems with them. Coincidentally, a terrible terract happens in the largest city of the empire. The same religious sect is blamed for it. The year is 64 AD. The sect is Christians. The place is Rome of the emperor Nero.
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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Roman Triremes

When working on chapters VI-VII, I thought about sending Judean priests home from Rome by a military trireme. Of course, it’s not a passenger ship, but if the emperor decides they would take anything onboard, and that would bring the priests home quickly. Seems, it was not such a great idea as I cannot find any logical reason why Nero or Tigellinus would bother to do so. I still may send Nil and his company this way. Meanwhile, here is a lot of links to materials about triremes that I found trying to understand how such a travel would look like:

[1] Trireme (From Wikipedia)
[2] The Athenian fighting ship: the trieres
[3] How was a trireme built? by E.J. de Meester
[4] Ships of the Ancient Greeks
[5] The Trireme Trust
[6] Roman Trireme
[7] Athen's Triere -- Greek style triere (broken deck, no cabin)
[8] Ancient Generals: Themistocles: Master of Deception -- Speaks about Greeks, but shows a picture of a Roman trireme (not Greek triere)
[9] The Picture Gallery of Ships -- Just few more pictures of triremes and trieres
[10] X Legio v.1.5 -- Roman trireme (the page is in Russian, but contains a good picture with captain's cabin)