14.These were the most powerful navies.And even these, although so many generations had elapsed since the Trojan
war, seem to have been principally composed of the old fifty-oars and
long-boats, and to have counted few galleys among their ranks.
Indeed it was only shortly before the Persian war and the death of Darius
the successor of Cambyses, that the Sicilian tyrants and the Corcyraeans
acquired any large number of galleys.For after these there were no navies of any account in Hellas till the
expedition of Xerxes;
Aegina, Athens, and others may have possessed a few vessels, but they were
principally fifty-oars.It was quite at the end of this period that the war with Aegina and the
prospect of the barbarian invasion enabled Themistocles to persuade the
Athenians to build the fleet with which they fought at Salamis;and even these vessels had not complete decks.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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