The Byzantine dromone, which was used in the 6th and 7th centuries, was an evolution of the Roman galleys. This type of ship also had a closed deck to protect the helm crew from attack, and to house throwing machines and marines. In addition, the ships were still equipped with a ramming spur and the Greek fire.
In the 9th to 12th centuries, the rudder rows superimposed and replaced with a series and larger and heavier oars. Likewise, a deck fort was erected for the soldiers.
|Length:||Up to 50 meters|
|Number of oarsmen:||100 per page|
|Number of sails:||0, later 1|
|Arming:||pile spur, throwing machines, Greek fire|