Dr Jonathan Prag (Oxford) Rams and Warships: bronze rostra from the final battle of the First Punic War
This paper will present the spectacular finds from the underwater survey being undertaken off western Sicily by the Soprintendenza del Mare of Sicily. Principal among these is the very rare find of 12 bronze rams from warships which sank during the final battle of the First Punic War between Rome and Carthage, in 241 BC. At least 8 of the rams are inscribed (7 Latin, 1 Punic) and the rams and their inscriptions not only provide new information on warships and institutions in the period, but also create significant problems for our current understanding of naval warfare at this date. CA Southwest Lecture, in association with the Roman Society.
|A Department of Classics and Ancient History seminar|
|Date||2 May 2018|
|Place||Exeter College, Hele Road|