Greek Bireme, 1:100

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Papermodel of a Greek Bireme in the scale 1: 100. The detailed model is beautifully equipped and lovingly designed. Outstanding are the double row of oars also as the beautiful wooden design, the filigree stern ornament and the ram on the bow. The model has a size of L31 x W14 x H13 cm and consists of 3 cardboard sheets, difficulty level 3 of 3 (for experienced modelers).




A Bireme is a warship from antiquity and is considered to be one of the first longboats used for journeys at sea. The expression “Bireme” comes from Latin and means that the oars were arranged in two rows above each other on both sides of the ship.
Every row was occupied by several rowers. A rammer was fixed on the bow of the ship with which to attack enemy ships. In order to increase the speed for a ramming blow, a larger number of rowers was needed. At the same time there were less and less heavily armed men on board. The Bireme was one of the first ship models which were built according to definite rules and proportions. As a better protection for the rowers, the ship’s side was made higher. In order to make room for more rowers, the warships were built longer and longer. In order to keep the ships stable, they were not, however, allowed to be too long. And so the ships were often up to 30-35 metres long and in most cases had 50 rowers on each side. The rowers’ seats of the upper row were for reasons of space somewhat staggered to the lower row.
This way of building was widespread during the whole of antiquity, above all with the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. The ships were still even built like that in the Middle Ages. The oldest Bireme which has so far been discovered, originates from the 7th century BC.




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