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- n. a galley with four banks of oars
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A galley with four banks of oars or rowers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A galley with four banks of oars or rowers, mentioned as in use occasionally among the ancient Greeks and Romans.
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Fun aside: Latin terms like trireme and quadrireme were purely literary usage - the Roman navy used the Greek terms.
You have no cities nor no wealth: our cities are hives of humanity and our galleys, trireme and quadrireme, laden with all manner merchandise furrow the waters of the known globe.
They proposed that the Rhodian quadrireme with its crew and the contingent which Attalus had sent should be allowed to depart and that the inhabitants should be permitted to leave the city with simply the clothes they were wearing.
Attalus sent only 300 men to assist in the defence and the Rhodians despatched one quadrireme out of their fleet which was lying at anchor off Tenedos.
So Marcellus ordered a cargo ship filled with troops to be towed by a quadrireme to the Island, and the men to land near the gate adjoining the fountain.
Some envoys had been sent by Appius to pass through the harbour on board a quinquereme, and a quadrireme which had sailed in advance of them was captured, the envoys themselves making their escape with great difficulty.
There was an old quadrireme which had been captured eighty years ago when it was conveying Nicaea, the wife of Craterus, from Naupactus to Corinth.
The rowers of these sat on banks or benches, rising one above the other, like stairs; and from the number of these benches, the galleys derived their names; that which had three rows of benches was called a _trireme_; that which had four, a _quadrireme_; and that which had five, a _quinquireme_.
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