The Kybele boat -- named after an Anatolian goddess -- will leave the Turkish
Rowers, comprising students and members of the "360 Degrees Association," will sleep on benches in the biremes wooden 20-metre-long hull and use the boats cotton sails to try and keep it moving forward.
"It’s the most precise replica of the boats from that era possible. It was built from what was found during digs," said the boats captain, archeologist Osman Erkurt.
The Kybele, whose trip has been delayed several times by visa issues and bad weather, is following the same route taken by Greek, Phoenician settlers around 600 B.C. to countries like
It is expected to arrive in Marseille on July 1 to coincide with the start of a Season of Turkish culture in France, the French Ambassador to