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(ναυμαχία; naumachía, Latin naumachia, ‘sea battle’). Since munera ( munus ) were a product of Roman wars, it can be reconstructed that sea battles were also added to the programme. The expense required, however, made them rare occurrences: Caesar was the first to institute a naumachia during his triumph in 46 BC; he had a basin dug just for the purpose on the Campus Martius in Rome and filled in again a little later. It is uncertain where the artificial lake was; the battle is called proelium navale (‘ship battle’, Suet. Iul. 39,4) or naumachia (ibid. 44,1; cf. Cass. Dio…

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Hönle, Augusta (Rottweil), “Naumachia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 07 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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