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Timber: Prolegomena

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The surviving evidence on the exploitation of timber resources and the export of timber and timber products provide a unique opportunity to explore the policies of Greek non-polis polities and particularly the phenomenon of monopoly. The use of naupegia (shipyards) at or near the resource areas implies either domination over these areas or financial transactions between poleis and foreign naupegia. Use of local naupegia implies long-haul transport of timber from the resource areas to the polis concerned; such transport could be accomplished either by ship or by raft. Carrying timber aboard means that the ship must carry more ballast, especially since the long timbers of the trireme could only be carried lashed on deck.

Keywords: timber products; trireme



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