Battle of Ecnomus (256 BC) – Largest Naval Battle in History


The Battle of Ecnomus in 256 BC is arguably the largest naval battle in history with 680 warships and an estimated 290,000 rowers and marines participating!!! This monumental clash was fought during the First Punic War between Rome and Carthage along the coast of Sicily.
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More Classical Antiquity Documentaries:

Literary Sources:
“Uniforms of the Roman World” by Kevin Kiley
“Republican Roman Warships” by Osprey Publishing
“The Fall of Carthage” by Adrian Goldsworthy
“Augustus” by Anthony Everitt

Game Engine:
Total War: Rome II

Game Mods:
Devide et Impera
Realistic Ship Colors

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