Sicily: Culture, Conquest and Battering Rams

Katherine McDonald

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.

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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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About Jack

BRIEF BIO: Jack Gunter is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and songs. He is the co-owner of Open Door Communications, a copywriter, an inventor, and a former broker and private investigator. He is a naturalist and an amateur scientist and cryptologist. He likes to compose music and to design and play games and puzzles of all types. He homeschooled his children. He lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with his beautiful wife, talented two daughters, his old friend and Great Dane Sam, and his three Viking Cats.

Posted on May 23, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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