Battle of Mylae

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The Battle of Mylae in 260 B.C. took place during the First Punic War between Rome and Carthage. It was a naval battle taking place after the Roman naval defeat at the Battle of the Lipara Islands. C. Duillius commanded the Roman fleet, but this time Rome had devised new naval tactics introducing the corvus for the first time. While they were no match for their adversaries in seamanship, the corvus would join ships together and allow the open water fight to become a land battle across the vessels, an area where the Romans excelled. This innovation proved to be a great success and the Romans were successful in not only winning the battle over their surprised foes, but also in wresting control of the sea from Carthage, which until that point had been their strong point.


Encyclopedia of Military History, Dupuy & Dupuy, 1979