Short course: Great Sea Battles from the Classical World

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Date and time: 
25 March | 10.30-4.30
£30 | £27
National Maritime Museum, Seminar Room
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This day course will examine ships and sailing techniques in the Ancient World and how they were used in warfare. 

  • This course will look at the strategies used by navies in the Ancient World, focusing specifically on the tactics at Salamis in 480 BC where the allied Greek forces defeated the Persian fleet of King Xerxes, the second battle of Syracuse in 414 BC when the mighty Athenians were defeated by the Syracusans and the battle of Actium in 31 BC when Augustus and Agrippa decisively defeated Antony and Cleopatra. 
  • Some of the lesser known conflicts and the design of Ancient warships will also be covered.
  • You will gain an understanding of how naval warfare was conducted in the Classical World how naval victories could be decisive conflicts and the reasons for and consequences of naval warfare. 
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