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?

NEW! 

A virtual version of the exhibition is now available!

 

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December 2020 – December 2021

Admission free

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Exhibition credits

 

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Historical content coordination: Gelina Harlaftis, Institute of Mediterranean Studies – FORTH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 assistantJohn 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 designsSchool 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.