), a light, swift-sailing vessel,
used both in war and in commerce, is first mentioned in the Persian wars
). Its invention is attributed by
Pliny (Plin. Nat. 7.208
) to the Cypriotes,
by others to the Corcyraeans (Suid. s. v.), while some modern writers derive
its name from its [p. 1.406]
resemblance to a fish of this
name (Plin. Nat. 32.152
). This kind of
ship is mentioned by several writers. (Harpocrat., Hesych. sub voce
; Diod. Excerpt.
506, 61; Lucil.
ap. Non. 533, 27; Plaut. Merc.
2.2, 44; 33.19.) [NAVIS