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I noticed that the article mentioned a large number of anchors all aligned in the same direction, suggesting this might have been the Roman fleet cutting their cables to close the ambush.


I am also so old that I remember much debate about “rams” ( rostra) when Olympias was built.  If I remember aright there was one found in shallow water somewhere near Tyre at about that time, and I think it may

have been the only one identified.  And here is at least one, potentially several more.  I imagine that a bronze casting of this size would

a) last forever underwater*

b) be a significant part of the total cost of a warship

*before metal detectors and greedy scavengers 



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Thanks, Steven


it was the Atlit ram that I remember being found and discussed


The list is interesting and the thumbnail pictures take you to high-quality illustrations


When people addressed the crowds in the forum of Rome, they did so from the “rostra”.  I was always taught that these were the bows of warships captured by the Romans ( presumably complete with ram).
And I assumed that they were the whole bow of the ship, with enough deck to orate from.

Does anyone know of any illustrations of a rostrum in the forum?
My main source is the film “ Carry on, Cleo” and I would hardly claim it to be authoritative  ( although it did ascribe to the dying Julius Caesar the memorable line “ Imfamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it infamy”)




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My Admiral used to refer to this as his “ row of pink tents” voice


And we digress!


I am sure none of us has ever done that before

On 5/2/2022 at 10:51 AM, Louie da fly said:

saw a ram in Piraeus (the port of Athens) in 2000, and while looking for it online I stumbled upon this list of extant rams - https://shiplib.org/index.php/rams-2/

Having looked at the resource on rams, I went on to check out the rest of the site - interesting stuff and a great resource




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  • 4 weeks later...

A fascinating discussion on not only the Battle and the rams, but on the development from "threes" (triremes) to "forties" and many other things, with a side journey to the SIZE of the rams from the Battle of Actium, where Augustus defeated Mark Antony.





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