The Treaty of Lutatius was the agreement of 241 BC between Carthage and
Rome which ended the First Punic War after 23 years. The Romans had
defeated a Carthaginian fleet attempting to lift the blockade of its
last strongholds on Sicily. Accepting defeat, the Carthaginian Senate
ordered the local commander to negotiate a peace treaty. One was rapidly
agreed, but when referred to Rome for ratification, it was rejected.
Rome then sent a commission which agreed that Carthage would cede what
it held of Sicily, relinquish several groups of islands nearby (map
pictured), release all Roman prisoners without ransom, and pay large
reparations over 10 years. In 237 BC Carthage prepared an expedition to
recover the island of Sardinia, which had been lost to rebels.
Cynically, the Romans announced that this was an act of war and that
their peace terms were the ceding of Sardinia and Corsica and the
payment of an additional indemnity; these were added to the treaty as a
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