The biremes and triremes were so-called because of their two or three banks of oars.
The Erythran Greeks are supposed to have invented the biremes, with two ranks, and the Corinthians the triremes, with three.
He also constructed a large fleet of war vessels propelled by oars, biremes and triremes, to be used in the siege of the city.
Then came the biremes with their double rows of oars, and clewed-up sails, swinging on the yards.
It is one of the very few representations now in existence of ancient Greek biremes.
In the Museum of the Acropolis there are also some fragments of Dipylon vases, on which are clearly visible portions of biremes.
It is said that the Phœnician biremes have been known to pass the pillars of Hercules beyond the setting sun.