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(nɔːˈmeɪkɪə) or


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

naumachia, naumachy

1. a mock sea fight, as in ancient Rome.
2. the flooded arena where such fights were conducted.
See also: War
1. a mock sea fight, as in ancient Rome.
2. the place where such fights were conducted.
See also: Ships
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.naumachia - a naval spectacle; a mock sea battle put on by the ancient Romans
spectacle - an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
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Last night around 75 volunteers had their first dress rehearsal for new aerial show Naumachia, which is to be performed on Friday and Saturday night from the theatre ship Naumon, which is moored at Spiller's Quay.
As Lancashire shows, in the hundreds or thousands of plays, pageants, parades, mummings, variety acts and naumachia exhibited to Londoners and their guests in the 1500 years before the advent of the Elizabethan public theatres, religion had a minor influence and the Church had no apparent role at all: costumes in London from Roman times through to 1558 were as likely to be designed and built for classical figures like Heracles, Hector and Troilus as for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Naumachia was confined mostly to the "Aquatic Theater" at Sadler's Wells, which also happens to have been the venue where Dibdin's and Grimaldi's pantomimic lampoons of the driving mania, Fashion's Fools and Bang-Up
Officially Naumachia was launching The Sage Gateshead's SummerTyne festival but the weather was having none of that.