Louie da fly Posted August 27, 2021 Share #1 Posted August 27, 2021 (edited) I found this on the Roman Army Talk forum on Facebook: "Latest news from the maritime archaeologists working at the site of the Egadi Islands (Aegates Insulae) naval battle fought in 241 BC between the fleets of Carthage and Rome during the First Punic War. Two new naval rams were recovered from the seabed at the Egadi Islands by the Soprintendenza del Mare, RPM Nautical Foundation, and The Society for Documentation of Submerged Sites divers. The total number of rams at the site is now 25. The raising of these rams highlights a successful, collaborative field season. Egadi rams 21 and 22 will be conserved and housed at the Ex Stabilimento Florio delle Tonnare di Favignana e Formica." A post from another contributor - "Polybius (1.20.1-16) states that the Roman navy in the First Punic Wars consisted of quinqueremes abd triremes. The Carthaginian navy, which was far more experienced consisted of quadriremes and quinqueremes (though possibly with some triremes)." These rams were hollow, as can be seen from the following two photos: This would make sense - apart from the amount of bronze you'd need and the effect of all that weight up at the bow, otherwise how could you fix the ram to the ship so it wouldn't come off? For more information on this archaeological "dig" see https://rpmnautical.org/projects/ancient-naval-warfare/?fbclid=IwAR3Em5kxk-2N9LcSGrCN7_--ZCOVRgGKtDbmZmft7llhRYi79AkTOx3hWN8 Steven Edited September 5, 2021 by Louie da fly allanyed, RichardG, Smile-n-Nod and 9 others 10 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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