In the harbours of Zea and Munychia traces may be seen of the remarkable series of galley-slips in which the Athenian fleet was built and repaired.
The eastern side of the hill was further indented by two small but commodious havens, which were respectively called Zea and Munychia.
The galley-slips around Zea were roofed by a row of gables supported by stone columns, each gable sheltering two triremes.
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As soon as the building of the city walls had been completed, Themistocles resumed the construction of the Peiraeus defences, which protected the larger harbour of Cantharus on the west and the smaller ports of Zea and Munychia (respectively southwest and south-east of the Munychia heights), terminating in moles at their entrances and enclosing the entire promontory on the land and sea sides except a portion of the south-west shore of the peninsula of Acte.
At the same time the relative proximity of three natural harbours, Peiraeus, Zea and Munychia, favoured the development of maritime commerce and of the sea power which formed the basis of Athenian hegemony.
A form of flint corn, with variegated leaves, is grown for ornament under the name Zea japonica or Japanese striped corn.