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First Punic War find off Sicily!

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First Punic War find off Sicily!

Post by parthianbow » Wed September 22nd, 2010, 1:39 pm

How cool is this? The rostrum (battering ram) from a Roman ship dating from the First Punic War has been found at a depth of 80 metres, off the Egadi islands, which lie to the west of Sicily. The location was the scene of the battle of the Aegates Islands of 241 BC, in which the Carthaginian fleet was defeated; the engagement ended the First Punic War. See a picture of it here:
http://www.corriere.it/foto_del_giorno/ ... aabe.shtml

What makes the find so special is that only two or three other rams are known to exist. No doubt they'll be looking around where this was was found for more!
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Post by Kveto from Prague » Wed September 22nd, 2010, 2:48 pm

[quote=""parthianbow""]How cool is this? The rostrum (battering ram) from a Roman ship dating from the First Punic War has been found at a depth of 80 metres, off the Egadi islands, which lie to the west of Sicily. The location was the scene of the battle of the Aegates Islands of 241 BC, in which the Carthaginian fleet was defeated; the engagement ended the First Punic War. See a picture of it here:
http://www.corriere.it/foto_del_giorno/ ... aabe.shtml

What makes the find so special is that only two or three other rams are known to exist. No doubt they'll be looking around where this was was found for more![/quote]

wicked cool!

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Post by LoveHistory » Wed September 22nd, 2010, 3:43 pm

It's holding up quite well for its age.

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Post by fljustice » Wed September 22nd, 2010, 3:47 pm

Way cool! :D
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Post by annis » Thu September 23rd, 2010, 3:08 am

How amazing that the shape is still perfectly recognizable after all this time!

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Post by rockygirl » Sun September 26th, 2010, 10:35 pm

Incredibly cool. Thanks for sharing.

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