The Romans flooded the Colosseum for sea battles - Janelle Peters
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Naumachiae were part of a larger culture of water in Rome. This blog at the University of Massachusetts-Boston explores the connections among the staged sea battles with Roman aqueduct and sewer systems. By staging historical sea battles, Romans conveyed their dominance over culture, as well as over technology. Roman mock battles were staged purely as imperial entertainment.
The Roman legacy of staged sea battles has continued throughout the centuries. During the Renaissance, elite families such as the Medici would adopt the custom to underscore the significance of the ties created through their alliances; this included the 1589 wedding of Christine of Lorraine to Ferdinando de Medici. Even today, mock sea battles have been staged as cultural events in Queens.
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