Battle Of Sicily: Wings Needed

In Carthago, sprawled among the olive groves that stretched along the bay shore to Tunes and beyond, there was consternation. Bomilcar, with 130 quinqueremes, quadriremes and triremes, had reached the promontory of Pachynus at the southeast corner of Sicily, only to turn back at sight of 100 Roman galleys standing out from Syracusae (TIME, Ides of Maius, 211 B.C.). Bomilcar said the wind had been against him. His fellow Carthaginians knew the coward had lost the last chance to break the flow of Roman strength where Scylla & Charybdis guard the narrow...

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