Greece at the Benaki Museum by Angelos Delivorrias, Dionisis Fotopoulos

By Angelos Delivorrias, Dionisis Fotopoulos

This publication, edited via Dionisis Fotopoulos with texts by means of Angelos Delivorrias, constitutes a trip in photographs to the Greece of the Benaki Museum. the wealthy illustrations within the e-book convey a wide a part of the wealth of the Museum s collections, whereas the informative accompanying texts supply the reader-viewer a greater suggestion of the historical past and multifarious creations of the Greek international, from prehistory to the twentieth century.

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11 The Kerkyraians had founded a sub-colony on the coast of what is now Albania, at Epidamnos (Dyrrachium, Durazzo, Durrës), but the official ‘founder’ of the colony, as was often the custom, had come from Corinth, Kerkyra’s own mothercity, and some of the colonists were also Corinthians. 24–5). The Corinthians, who had been on bad terms with the Kerkyraians for over two centuries (cf. 4), welcomed a chance to chastise their ungrateful colonists, and sent aid to Epidamnos. But the Kerkyraians reacted violently by sending a fleet to Epidamnos and demanding that the exiles be reinstated and the troops and new settlers from Corinth sent home.

The trireme also limited strategy. 2), that no one could prevent the Athenians’ sailing wherever they wished. The Sicilian expedition was a spectacular example of a long-distance strike – Sicily is about 600 miles (960 kilometres) from the Peiraieus by the coastal route. But, as the siege of Syracuse was to demonstrate, even a coastal city could not be taken by seapower alone. 2). Triremes, moreover, were designed primarily for battle, and although they could make long voyages, as the expedition to Sicily showed, they could not remain continuously at sea for any length of time, mainly because they could not carry sufficient food, and, above all, water, and the oarsmen would not have accepted the cramped and insanitary conditions for long.

1–3), and by the time of the Peloponnesian War the Athenians had decreased the standard number of marines to ten hoplites and four archers, relying primarily on ramming. 5), and, instead, Athenians used the speed and manoeuvrability of their ships to ram an enemy in side or stern. This was achieved either by rowing through the enemy line (the diekplous) or by rowing round either flank (the periplous: cf. 3–4). Even with the new tactics, however, there was always a danger that the ramming ship would either be damaged or become entangled with its opponent.

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