In this type of a roman battleship, the rowers sat on three levels. More levels were not possible because otherwise the ships could no longer be controlled. In the quinquereme, the oar on the bottom floor was operated by one person, on the top two floors by two persons. The five rowers on the three superposed oars formed a section. There were ships with 30 sections on each side of the ship, so there were 150 rowers on each side. So one ship could be moved by up to 300 rowers.
A roman quinquereme is not to be confused with a galley which was usually rowed by slaves, convicts or prisoners. This typ of ship only emerged in the middle ages but is often colloquially applied to the ancient models. The rowers on a quinquereme were free citizens of the poorest class who were well remunerated for their work on the ship. Only in an emergency slaves were used and therefore released. A possible reason for this is that free citizens were considered more reliable.
Length: 52 cm
Width: 22 cm
Height: 21 cm