The Battle of Cape Ecnomus was a naval battle fought off the coast of
Sicily in 256 BC between the fleets of Carthage and the Roman Republic
during the First Punic War (264–241 BC). The Carthaginian fleet was
commanded by Hanno the Great and Hamilcar; the Roman fleet was led by
the consuls for the year, Marcus Atilius Regulus and Lucius Manlius
Vulso Longus. The Roman fleet of 330 warships sailed with approximately
140,000 men on board. The Romans' plan was to cross to Africa and invade
the Carthaginian homeland, in what is now Tunisia. The Carthaginians
were apparently aware of the Romans' intentions and mustered 350
warships off the south coast of Sicily to intercept them. With a
combined total of about 680 warships carrying up to 290,000 crew and
marines, the battle was possibly the largest naval battle in history by
the number of combatants involved. After a prolonged and confused day of
fighting the Carthaginians were decisively defeated.
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