Science: The Glory That Was Greece

Sea trials begin for a replica of ancient Athens' fabled trireme

Ancient Greece seemed to come back to life as the ungainly wooden ship glided across the harbor. Her prow bore a threatening ram, her stern a boastful curve and her sides bristled with 170 oars. The launching two weeks ago of the trireme,* a replica of the fabled warship that helped the Athenian navy dominate the Mediterranean during the 5th and 4th centuries B.C., was the culmination of a five-year project. As the ship's oars plunged into the wine- dark waters off the island of Poros, John Morrison, the retired Cambridge classics don who helped lead the effort, sat on deck...