Built between 1985 and 1987, Olympias is a reconstruction of an ancient Athenian trireme using period materials and based on evidence gained from Greek literature, art, and physical findings both above and below water.

During one sea trial, when crewed by 170 volunteer oarsmen/women, Olympias reached speeds of 9 knots (17 km/h), and was able to execute a 180 degree turn within a minute. This trial proved that - with an experienced crew - Greek writers would not have be exaggerating about the capabilities of their triremes.

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