Titan of the Seas: The Impracticality of Tessarakonteres, Antiquity’s Largest Vessel

Tessarakonteres in an 1858 illustrationSpanning 130 meters in length and possessing the capacity to hold over 7000 individuals, with 4000 allocated as rowers, the Tessarakonteres represents the most sizable ship of ancient times. Commissioned by Ptolemy IV Philopator in the 3rd century BCE, its construction demanded the development of a rudimentary dry dock. However, its extraordinary dimensions ultimately rendered it inefficient for practical use.

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