boarding-bridge of the Romans

its construction and its function in the naval tactics of the first Punic War.
  • 96 Pages
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  • English
J.B. Wolters , Groningen
Warships., Naval tactics., Punic War, 1st, 264-241 B.C., Rome -- History,
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The Boarding-bridge of the Romans, its construction and its function in the naval tactics of the first Punic war, by H.T. Wallinga. The boarding-bridge of the Romans: its construction and its function in the naval tactics of the first Punic War.

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Wallinga, The Boarding-Bridge of the Romans. Its Construction and its Function in the Naval Tactics of the First Punic War. In: L'antiquité classique, T fasc. 1, pp. Author: Lionel Casson. The boarding bridge allowed the Romans to use their infantry advantage at sea, therefore helping to overcome the Carthaginians' superior naval experience and skills.

The Romans' application of boarding tactics worked; they won several battles, most notably those of Mylae, Sulci, Tyndaris, and Ecnomus.

The traditional naval tactic of ramming wasn't abandoned, but the Roman ships were fitted with a corvus to accommodate their strengths in land combat. This movable boarding bridge enabled the Romans to transform naval combat from ramming and sinking to boarding with marines, capturing and plundering.

The corvus (meaning "crow" or "raven" in Latin) or harpago (probably the correct ancient name) was a Roman military boarding device used in naval warfare during the First Punic War against Carthage. In Chapters of his History, Polybius describes this device as a bridge m (4 ft) wide and m (36 ft) long, with a small parapet on both sides.

The boarding-bridge allowed her to use her marines against the superior Carthaginian naval skills. The Romans' application of boarding tactics worked; they won several battles, most notably those of Mylae, Sulci, Tyndaris, and Ecnomus.

The Romans created a boarding bridge called a corvus, which they attached to their ships. At one end, it was attached by a hinge to the Roman foredeck. At the other end was a long iron spike. Raised using a rope on a mast-like pole, the corvus was then dropped when the Roman ship was alongside a Carthaginian one.

Polybius wrote in the sixth book of his History that the Carthaginians were, "more exercised in maritime affairs than any other people". The Romans, unable to defeat them through conventional maritime tactics, developed the Corvus, or the crow, a spiked boarding bridge that could be impaled onto an enemy ship so that the Romans could send Notable commanders: Hamilcar Barca, Hannibal.

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He has now turned his hand to historical fiction with The War God's Men, available for the Kindle at $ (ASIN: BQT6ZUU)/5(11). Yet in a remarkably short space of time, the Romans at first copied, and then surpassed the superior Carthaginian maritime technology, incorporating designs such as the corvus (boarding bridge).

Before long, the Cartaginians had been decisively smashed, paving the way for Rome to become the dominant naval power in the Mediterranean for the next Brand: Bloomsbury Publishing. Passenger boarding bridge and aircraft docking guidance system – In perfect harmony Sensors from SICK are even used in the moving elements of passenger boarding bridges.

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The Battle of the Lipari Islands or Battle of Lipara was a naval encounter fought in BC during the First Punic War.A squadron of 20 Carthaginian ships commanded by Boödes surprised 17 Roman ships under the senior consul for the year Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio in Lipara harbour.

The inexperienced Romans made a poor showing, with all 17 of their ships captured, along with their on: Lipara harbour, Sicily. Their first “fives” were of sturdy build, and although they did not handle as well as the Carthaginian “fives” they faced, they carried the Romans to victory thanks to a special boarding bridge called a “raven” (corax) with a spike on the outboard end that firmly gripped the deck of the attacked ship.

Roman Sea-Power - J. Thiel: A History of Roman Sea-Power before the Second Punic War. viii + Amsterdam: North-Holland Publishing Co., Categories: Classics in Arts and Humanities. The Roman navy (Latin: Classis, lit. 'fleet') comprised the naval forces of the ancient Roman navy was instrumental in the Roman conquest of the Mediterranean Basin, but it never enjoyed the prestige of the Roman hout their history, the Romans remained a primarily land-based people and relied partially on their more nautically inclined subjects, such as the Greeks and.

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The Boarding-bridge of the Romans: Its Construction and its Function in the Naval Tactics of the First Punic War. Wolters Groningen. THE STORY OF MOSES, THE LEADER OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

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But Roman engineers invented a new craft which carried a boarding bridge across. The book is about the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage.

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The book is obviously a history book, analyzing the historic events and battle tactics but also trying to explain the motives behind them.

The author is a knowledgeable historian doing his best with the material that has survived/5. An analysis and review of the design of the roman boarding bridge as used by Roman fleets during the First Punic War B.C.

Based on historical sources and modern research into the corvus, this study resurrects thinking on the viability of the boarding bridge and reasseses Roman tactics and successes during their first encounter with. Sources. The main source for almost every aspect of the First Punic War is the historian Polybius (c.

– c BC), a Greek sent to Rome in BC as a hostage. His works include a now-lost manual on military tactics, but he is known today for The Histories, written sometime after BC, or about a century after the Battle of Drepana. Polybius's work is considered broadly objective and Location: Off Drepana (modern Trapani), Sicily.

10 incredible Roman military innovations you should know about TOPICS: This was a sort of a boarding bridge that could be raised from a ft high sturdy wooden pillar, and then rotated in any required direction. However the Romans did take the advantage of its rapid deployment techniques to raid and harass the enemy, thus suggesting.

These included what may have been the biggest naval battle in history, the Battle of Cape Ecnomus, where as many asmen may have fought, and the Romans used a new invention, the corvus, a boarding bridge mounted on a swivel, with a metal spike head.

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Search. boarding bridge used in naval battles. Carthage. The great naval power defeated by the Romans. Hannibal. Carthaginian general who led elephants into Italy. Archimedes. In the end the Romans abandoned the boarding bridge, and it has been plausibly conjectured that its weight made the Roman vessels unseaworthy and contributed to the appalling losses they suffered as a result of bad weather.

By the time that this occurred the corvus had already served its purpose, for the Roman navy had gained valuable experience. The corvus was an unusual naval weapon used by the Romans during the First Punic War to help make up for the Carthaginian prowess at sea.

The corvus was a boarding bridge, probably 36 feet long and 4 feet wide, with a parapet on each side. This was attached to a pole on it's own ship, and could be pulled up at an angle. Underneath the far end was a heavy spike. The Boarding-Bridge of the Romans: Its Construction and Its Function in the Naval Tactics of the First Punic War avg rating — 0 ratings — published /5(3).

The Romans were reminded of this in A.D.when the cunning army of the Persian Sasanian Empire captured Dura, a Roman fortress-city in what is now eastern Syria. As a way to invade the fortress, the Persians dug a deep mine to cause a city wall and tower to buckle. The Romans tunneled from the other side to intercept them.Library of Roman Republican Numismatics and History An Illustrated Guide: Library of Roman Republican Numismatics and History An Illustrated Guide.

Wallinga Boarding Bridge or Corvus, Morello Prorae, Burzio La Marina en la Moneda Romana, Toynbee Roman Historical Portraits, Lahusen Bildnismünzen, Levy From the Coin's Point of View.The Battle of Cape Ecnomus or Eknomos (Ancient Greek: Ἔκνομος) was a naval battle, fought off southern Sicily, in BC, between the fleets of Carthage and the Roman Republic, during the First Punic War (– BC).

The Carthaginian fleet was commanded by Hanno the Great and Hamilcar; the Roman fleet jointly by the consuls for the year, Marcus Atilius Regulus and Lucius Manlius Location: Off Cape Ecnomus, near Licata.