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Polybius, Histories, book 1, The Battle of Ecnomus (search)
The Battle of Ecnomus Next year Gaius Atilius, the Consul, happened to be at Coss. C. Atilius Regulus, Cn. Cornelius, Blasio II. B. C. 257. Fighting off Tyndaris. anchor off Tyndaris, when he observed the Carthaginian fleet sailing by in a straggling manner. He passed the word to the crews of his own ships to follow the advanced squadron, and started himself before the rest with ten ships of equal sailing powers. When the Carthaginians became aware that while some of the enemy were still embarking, others were already putting out to sea, and that the advanced squadron were considerably ahead of the rest, they stood round and went to meet them. They succeeded in surrounding and destroying all of them except the Consul's ship, and that they all but captured with its crew. This last, however, by the perfection of its rowers and its consequent speed, effected a desperate escape. Meanwhile the remaining ships of the Romans were sailing up and gradually drawing close together. Having got i