from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, a rower of the lowest of the three tiers of oarsmen in a trireme. See thranite and zeugite.
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“Was it service to Athens that prompted your effort, thalamite, or service to Plutus?”
Nicon and the others laughed and one of them deliberately aimed a piss stream at an unfortunate thalamite on the other side.
For this reason each thranite was responsible for guiding the zygite and thalamite immediately next to and below him to adjust their stroke to fit the general cadence.
Again the note changed from despair to incitement, and when at last he called, “And can we cross the Ægean as never trireme crossed and pluck back Hellas from her fate?” thalamite, zygite, and thranite rose, tossing their brawny arms into the air.
The thranite now and thalamite are pressures low and high,
“Then you shouldn’t have bet!” shouted a thalamite and there was a mutter of agreement or rage, depending on whether you stood to gain or not.
The going rate in Athens was one drachma per day—the standard workman’s wage—to row in the lower two levels of a trireme the thalamite and zygite positions.