from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, an oarsman of the second or middle tier in a trireme. Compare thranite and thalamite.
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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.
a voice called from the zygite level and he peered up into a pair of mocking eyes.
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.