Mock Sea Battles

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Going through the print collection often leads to amusing and fascinating discoveries.  This happened the other day when I came upon a print depicting a mock sea battle in ancient Rome.

This depicts “Naumachia Domitiani” or Naval Battle of Domitian, Roman Emperor from AD 81 to AD 96 (when he was assassinated).  Domitian was not a popular emperor and was considered a tyrant, which led to the plot to end his life.   Read more