naumachy definition

  • noun:
    • A naval fight; esp., a mock sea fight put on because of the old Romans.
    • A show or spectacle representing a-sea battle; additionally, somewhere for such events.
    • A naval combat; a sea-fight.
    • In Roman antiquity, a mock sea-fight where participants were generally captives, or criminals condemned to demise.
    • A place in which these types of combats had been exhibited, as an artificial pond or lake surrounded by really stands or chairs for spectators. In certain circuses and amphitheaters the arena could be overloaded and employed for shows for this nature.
    • a naval spectacle; a mock water struggle put-on by the old Romans

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