naumachia

naumachia

[naw-mey-kee-uh]
noun, plural naumachiae [naw-mey-kee-ee] , naumachias.
1.
a mock sea fight, given as a spectacle among the ancient Romans.
2.
a place for presenting such spectacles.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin: mock naval battle < Greek naumachía a sea fight, equivalent to naû(s) ship + mách(ē) battle, fight + -ia -ia

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naumachia or naumachy (nɔːˈmeɪkɪə, ˈnɔːməkɪ)
 
n , pl -chiae, -chias, -chies
1.  a mock sea fight performed as an entertainment
2.  an artificial lake used in such a spectacle
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek naumakhia, from naus ship + makhē battle]
 
naumachy or naumachy (nɔːˈmeɪkɪə, ˈnɔːməkɪ, -kɪˌiː)
 
n
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek naumakhia, from naus ship + makhē battle]

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naumachia

in ancient Rome, a mimic sea battle and the specially constructed basin in which such a battle sometimes took place. These entertainments also took place in flooded amphitheatres. The opposing sides were prisoners of war or convicts, who fought until one side was destroyed.

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