Ancient slavery brought back for boat trip from Athens to Venice: A reconstruction of the ship of legend, the Argo, left the western Greece town of Volos on Saturday and is due to arrive in Venice on 12 August. The crew rowing on the 50 oars are volunteers, however, and will be well feted at each of 37 stops along the way. Their departure was serenaded by the local symphony orchestra for instance. Hellenic Seaways is sponsoring an escort boat.

It is built along the line of prehistoric ships of the Greek mainland in the 14th century B.C. and belongs to the same family as Homer's long ships and the later ram-bearing warships of antiquity. It is called a penteconter and has 25 oars on each side plus a simple sail.










Photo lifted from this site about ancient ships: http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Ships/Ships.htm

4 comments:

At June 16, 2008 7:16 PM RANGARAJAN A L said...

I read in a newspaper that someone is reliving the ancient journey that Jason and other argonauts took - Is this the same one?

 
At June 16, 2008 8:43 PM Paros Shepherd said...

I don't think so. Although in the legend he was blown off course, Jason and his Argonauts left Thessaly in the north of Greece for Colchis which is on the Black see, now part of Georgia.

 
At June 18, 2008 2:47 PM Anonymous said...

That's the journey you read about...But, the turks didn't give permission to Argo to cross the Dardanelles and the turkish waters because the claim with this journey Greeks try to make public the Pontic Greek Genocide issue...So they changed routes and note head to Venice instead...
Sad

 
At June 18, 2008 2:50 PM Anonymous said...

Forgive me about the mistakes, Firefox's dictionary gone mad...

 

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