Skip to comments.Ancient Shipwreck Points to Site of Major Roman Battle
Posted on 10/19/2010 8:17:39 AM PDT by decimon
The remains of a sunken warship recently found in the Mediterranean Sea may confirm the site of a major ancient battle in which Rome trounced Carthage.
The year was 241 B.C. and the players were the ascending Roman republic and the declining Carthaginian Empire, which was centered on the northernmost tip of Africa. The two powers were fighting for dominance in the Mediterranean in a series of conflicts called the Punic Wars.
Archaeologists think the newly discovered remnants of the warship date from the final battle of the first Punic War, which allowed Rome to expand farther into the Western Mediterranean.
"It was the classic battle between Carthage and Rome," said archaeologist Jeffrey G. Royal of the RPM Nautical Foundation in Key West, Fla. "This particular naval battle was the ultimate, crushing defeat for the Carthaginians."
Rams reveal clues
The shipwreck was found near the island of Levanzo, west of Sicily, which is where historical documents place the battle.
In the summer of 2010, Royal and his colleagues discovered a warship's bronze ram - the sharp, prolonged tip of the ship's bow that was used to slam into an enemy vessel. This tactic was heavily used in ancient naval battles and was thought to have played an important role in the Punic fights.
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Clew of the ram ping.
and number 41 was missing from his oar...
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Didn’t the Romans utilize grappling & boarding tactics to defeat the ramming attacks of the Carthaginians? Takes a lot of training to do a successful ramming attack. OTOH, boarding made use of Rome’s best asset... infantry (Marine Infantry in this case).
He was cleaning the poop from the bilges, it was tough being a slick sleeve in those days.
I think they used a sort of claw to keep the ships engaged.
LOL! We keep you alive to serve this ship.
I believe it was called a “Corvus”.
They did. They also got lucky — a Carthaginian warship had been abandoned and beached in a storm, and the Romans just took it apart and reproduced it board by board, mass-producing it, and creating a huge navy from nothing, practically overnight. They didn’t know the subtle nuances of trireme warfare, so they adapted their land-based tactics, as you noted, grappling and boarding and fighting it as a land battle, and destroyed the Carthaginians where they were supposed to be strongest.
Quoth the raven, thanks for more. ;-)
Hannibal cheated. 11 of the 12 elephants were under-inflated.
This isn’t about Actium, still interesting.
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