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  • n. Plural form of penteconter.

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Examples

  • Some of the ships might have been smaller than penteconters, that is, twenty-oared ships, and some might have been larger, that is, merchant vessels, so “around 300” is a plausible estimate of the number of Greek ships that left Aulis for Troy.

    The Trojan War

  • Athenians, and three penteconters came from the Tyrrhenians.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • To carry 15,000 men to Troy the Greeks would have required three hundred penteconters, assuming every man rowed.

    The Trojan War

  • In that case the Greeks would have needed nine hundred men or eighteen penteconters, assuming the soldiers did their own rowing.

    The Trojan War

  • On each of two bridges nearly three hundred warships a mixture of penteconters and triremes were anchored after having been lashed together by cables—white flax for the Phoenicians and papyrus for the Egyptians.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • Of the thirty-one members of the Hellenic League, a mere fourteen city-states manned the warships at Artemisium, for a total of 280 warships—271 triremes and 9 penteconters.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • Leucas, for instance, sent only three triremes; Cythnos sent only a trireme and a penteconter; while Melos, Siphnos and Seriphos sent only penteconters—two from Melos, one each from Siphnos and Seriphos.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • A rock from a shore catapult dropped directly into the center of one of these penteconters, killing two or three men instantly and crashing through the bottom of the ship, which immediately commenced to fill and sink.

    Escape on Venus

  • Most of them were biremes, and there were several penteconters, open galleys with decks fore and aft and propelled by fifty oars as well as sails.

    Escape on Venus

  • The penteconters had moved up now between the big ships of the Myposans.

    Escape on Venus

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