Elizabeth Hunter Lecture
This year's Elizabeth Hunter Lecture will be given on Thursday, February 18, at 6:00 pm by Professor William M. Murray, Mary and Gus Stathis Professor of Greek History and Director of the Ancient Studies Center, University of South Florida.
The Anatomy of an Ancient Naval Battle: The Battle of the Aegates (Egadi) Islands
Guided by a fisherman’s recovery of a single bronze warship ram, the Sicilian Soprintendenza del Mare initiated a joint underwater project with RPM Nautical Foundation in 2005 and, together, they found the ancient debris field, the first ever discovered from an ancient sea battle, of the Battle of the Aegates (Egadi) Islands, fought between the Romans and Carthaginians on 10 March 241 B.C. After two decades of research, only a portion of the full battle zone has been discovered and mapped. Rich in finds (23 bronze rams, 30+ helmets, multiple sword concretions, hundreds of amphoras destined for the troops ashore, etc.), this site allows us to attempt what has never before been possible, the analysis of an actual sea battle with reference to both historical texts and physical evidence. Guided by this goal, the lecture will compare our best ancient account of the battle with the artifact scatter on the sea floor to help explain the peculiarities and problems posed by the new Egadi evidence.
The lecture will be delivered via Microsoft Teams and may be viewed with either the Teams app or your web browser.