Roman Ship’s Rostrum

This is a picture of a rostrum from the front of Ancient Roman ships. The rostrum was rather like a beak on the front of the ship, usually lined and armed with bronze spikes made to punch holes into the sides of enemy ships. In fact, the word “rostrum” originally meant “spike”. You could stand on it as a look-out.

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