MEDITERRANEAN THEATRE: Currents and Eddies

Here lies the Mediterranean, the great, tideless, embattled sea of antiquity.

Until the defeat of the French & Spanish fleets at Trafalgar in 1805 the great Naval battles of the world were fought on its waters.

On the heights of Salamis overlooking the Bay of Eleusis, the mighty Persian, Xerxes, in 480 B. C. watched his fleet sink under attack of 300 Greek battleships.

At Actium, in 31 B. C., while spellbound land forces stopped fighting to watch, Octavian's Roman fleet struck the Eastern fleet of Antony and Cleopatra, until Antony's...

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