The year 2020 marks the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Salamis. The Greeks under the leadership of Themistocles achieved a strategic naval victory that stopped the advance of Xerxes’ forces in the Peloponnese, substantially impeding the Persian campaign to conquer Greece. The key victory of the Greek fleet over the Persians in 480 BC determined both the geopolitical dynamics of the time and the subsequent influence of the Greek world on the West.
The trireme, the famous warship of classical antiquity, played a decisive role in the outcome of the naval battle. The trireme, which first appeared around the 6th century BC, soon became the most efficient warship of the time thanks to the flexibility of the design and the large crew number (approximately 200 people).
Using cutting edge technologies and virtual, the exhibition prompts us to consider:
-How did the trireme evolve into the most effective weapon of antiquity and what role did it play in the victory of the Greeks?
– What do we really know about the trireme and the naval battle of Salamis from the surviving sources?
– How new technologies help us approach the historical past?
Exhibition Development and Project Management: Eugenides Foundation
Historical content coordination: Gelina Harlaftis, Institute of Mediterranean Studies – FORTH
Historical documentation and exhibition texts: Kostas Vlassopoulos, Institute of Mediterranean Studies – FORTH
Exhibition assistant: John Diamantopoulos, Institute of Mediterranean Studies – FORTH
Translations: Kostas Vlassopoulos, Institute of Mediterranean Studies – FORTH & Eugenides Foundation
Architectural design & production: Architectonofilia
Graphic design: Eugenides Foundation
Digital 3D scanning of the ship: GMT
Production of 3D ship designs: School of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering – NTUA
3D printing of model: School of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering – NTUA
Design and production of VR components: School of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering – NTUA & Eugenides Foundation
Design and production of educational videos: School of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering – NTUA, Eugenides Foundation & GMT
With our sincere gratitude to the Hellenic Navy General Staff for the kind permission to 3D scan the “Olympias” trireme at the Hellenic Maritime Heritage Park in Floisvos. The designs will be uploaded on the project’s digital repository.