By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Do Like the Romans

Quinquereme and Corvus (A Roman warship and an...
Quinquereme and Corvus (A Roman warship and an assault bridge, First Punic War) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Romans attached corvi to their ships so they c...
Romans attached corvi to their ships so they could board and seize enemy vessels. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Well, do so if you are a likable fellow with good character and goals! (If you are a jerk or a creep, skip this post.)

During the First Punic War (264-241 B.C.) with Carthage, Rome had no choice but to challenge Carthaginian naval power. And Rome was bold enough to do it:

No better proof could be given of the self-confidence of the city and its determination to win. There was no naval tradition, no experience of shipbuilding, no trained crews. A grounded Carthaginian ship had to be used as a model with crews being trained on land as the first hundred quinqueremes were being built, according to the historian Polybius in only sixty days.

Charles Freeman, Egypt, Greece, and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean 2nd ed. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2004), p. 384.

Yet, the war remained very difficult for Rome; but, in the end, she won with a grand naval victory: the newcomer to naval fighting beat the veteran at naval warfare.


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