Sicily: Culture, Conquest and Battering Rams
Last week I enjoyed a nice afternoon off, checking out the British Museum’s “Sicily: Culture and Conquest”. I highly recommend it – the displays are fascinating, though somewhat crowded (as always). The exhibition focusses mainly on the Greek and Norman periods of Sicilian history, so go with that in mind if you’re expecting lots of lovely Roman, Punic or later Mediaeval artefacts too.
There is one Roman-era object that I was particularly thrilled to see, and I don’t think the display made clear just how exciting it is. (And so, of course, I had to start explaining it to everyone around me.) So here’s why this was actually the most exciting object in the exhibition.
This is a battering ram (a rostrum*, or “beak”) from the front of a Roman ship. Not only is this a cool object in itself, but because of its location and the date of the…
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