- a mock sea fight, given as a spectacle among the ancient Romans.
- a place for presenting such spectacles.
Origin of naumachia
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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Examples from the Web for naumachia
After the Naumachia, the moon rose, and the Chinese lanterns were lighted.Social England under the Regency, Vol. 1 (of 2)
In a naumachia given by Nero, there were sea-monsters swimming about in the artificial lake.Ocean's Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries
Sometimes the vast arena was flooded with water, and naumachia or sea-fights were exhibited.Valeria
William Henry Withrow
The main street itself was in many parts filled completely, and around the Naumachia Augusta great heaps were piled up.Quo Vadis
Another form of the spectacle for the entertainment of the Roman public was the naumachia, or naval battle.The Historical Child
- a mock sea fight performed as an entertainment
- an artificial lake used in such a spectacle
C16: via Latin from Greek naumakhia, from naus ship + makhē battle
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