249 BC - General Facts:
- A year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar.
- Was known at the time as the Year of the Consulship of Pulcher and Pullus.
- The 249 BC label for this year comes from when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.
- Involved the Romans, under the command of the Roman consuls, Publius Claudius Pulcher & Lucius Iunius Pullus.
- They attacked the Carthaginian fleet, under the command of Adherbal, in the harbour of Drepanum (in modern Trapani, Sicily).
- The Roman command was severely defeated with a loss of 93 of their 123 vessels.
- Publius Claudius Pulcher is fined 120,000 asses as punishment for the defeat.
- Lucius Iunius Pullus commits suicide following the shame of defeat.
- Aulus Atilius Calatinus is elected dictator.
- Aulus Atilius Calatinus leads an army into Sicily, becoming the first dictator to lead a Roman army outside Italy.
Tags: Anno Domini Calendar - Aulus Atilius Calatinus - Battle of Drepana - Carthaginian Fleet - Consulship of Pulcher and Pullus - Lucius Iunius Pullus - Publius Claudius Pulcher - Sicily - Trapani
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