Military Ancient Naval Battles  

Robby Benton
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A list of ancient naval battles. In ancient warfare, the Roman Navy fought some of the greatest naval battles in history, famous to this day. Pictures included where possible. Naval battles date all the way back to at least 1260 BC. Originally fought primarily with sailing ships, today's navy battles include battleships, submarines, and aircraft carriers. That said, the tactics and decisive nature sea battles often have on warfare has gone unchanged for millennia. Beyond the oceans, maritime forces have also fought conflicts in lakes, rivers, and even on boats within a flooded Roman Colosseum. From the largest naval battle to the smallest, this list contains plenty of them.

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Battle of the Delta Nile Delta, Egypt - Date: 1190 BC

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Alalia Date: 535 BC to 540 BC

3
Lade Date: 494 BC

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Artemisium Date: 480 BC

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Salamis Date: 450 BC, 480 BC, 306 BC

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Cumae Date: 474 BC

7
Eurymedon Date: 190 BC, 460 BC

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Sybota Date: 433 BC

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Battles of Naupactus Date: 429 BC

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Pylos Date: 425 BC

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Sicily Date: 413 BC

12
Cynossema Date: 411 BC

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Eretria Date: 411 BC

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Cyzicus Date: 410 BC

15
Arginusae Date: 406 BC

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Aegospotami Date: 405 BC

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Cnidus Date: 394 BC

18
Naxos Date: 376 BC

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Lipara Islands Date: 260 BC

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Battle of Mylae Sicily, Italy - Date: 260 BC

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Cos Date: 258 BC

22
Cape Ecnomus Date: 256 BC

23
Drepana Date: 249 BC

24
Aegates Islands Date: 241 BC

25
Chios Date: 201 BC

26
Myonessus Date: 190 BC

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Morbihan Date: 56 BC

28
Ile du Levant Date: 49 BC

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Naulochus Date: 36 BC

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Actium Date: 31 BC

31
Shaxian Date: 199

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Red Cliffs Date: 208

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Yiling Date: 221

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Dongkou Date: 222

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Xiling Date: 272