The tar was dredged up from the bottom of a lake using leafy myrtle branches tied to the ends of poles. It was then collected in pots and might be carried to the seaside and swabbed immediately onto ship hulls. Alternatively, the tar could be shipped to the Athenian naval yard on the Piraeus for storage. The Athenian navy commander Tolmides concluded an alliance with Zakynthos in the course of the
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