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Roman sailing – boats in the Roman empire

By |2017-09-04T23:57:44+00:00September 4th, 2017|Romans, Science|

Roman sailing ship with square sails (100s AD, Bardo Museum, Tunisia) Until the First Punic War, in 264 BC, the Romans had not been sailors, and had never had a navy. But when they had to fight the Carthaginians, who were descended from the Phoenicians and were great sailors, the Romans learned to build ships by copying a [...]