Visual Timeline: Roman Naval Warfare

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264 BCE - 241 BCE: First Punic War. Carthage cedes Sicily to Rome.
 
 
260 BCE: Rome builds its first significant naval fleet in response to the threat from Carthage.
 
260 BCE: First Roman naval victory against Carthage off Mylae.
 
256 BCE: Roman naval victory against Carthage off Ecnomus.
 
249 BCE: A Roman fleet is defeated by the Carthaginians at Drepna.
 
241 BCE: Roman naval victory off the Aegates Islands leads to victory over Carthage, ending the First Punic War.
 
229 BCE - 228 BCE: Rome fights Illyrian pirates. Queen Teuta pays tribute to Rome.
 
 
67 BCE: Pompey assembles a naval fleet and attacks Pamphylia and Cilicia, principally to repress piracy.
 
56 BCE: The navies of Rome and the Veneti Gauls clash resulting in a Roman victory. This is the first recorded naval battle in the Atlantic Ocean.
 
 
55 BCE - 54 BCE: Julius Caesar's expeditions in Britain.
 
38 BCE: Octavian amasses a naval fleet to defeat Sextus Pompey.
 
36 BCE: Agrippa defeats the naval fleet of Sextus Pompey in the battle of Naulochos.
 
32 BCE - 31 BCE: Battle of Actium: Octavian (the later Emperor Augustus) defeats Cleopatra of Egypt.
 
43 CE: Claudius commences the Roman conquest of Britain.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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