quinquereme


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quinquereme

an ancient Roman galley with five banks of oars on each side
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Golden prows of quinqueremes, two hundred and forty in number, filled the bottom layer, and on the cat-heads(4) there were two archers kneeling on one knee, each four cubits high; and there were armoured statues five cubits high.
See Christopher Flood, 'Constructing the meaning of conflict: the discourse of the French Right on the Spanish Civil War', Quinquereme, xiii (1990/91), 29-45.
45) For further discussion of the signifier-sensitive ethos, and the use of puns, see Stephen Hart, 'James Joyce and Cesar Vallejo: Excentricity and the Disinherited Mind', Quinquereme, 9 (1986), 171-89.
If Pitassi rightly rejects Polybius' myth of the Roman navy's origins in the First Punic War, his solution to the problems of the corvus, here distinguished from a boarding bridge, and the first Roman quinqueremes is not very satisfying (43, 45, 95).