Also worthy of mention are the numerous battles fought during the third-century BCE First Punic War between Carthage and Rome, most notably the battle of the Aegates
Islands, a naval battle that effectively decided the outcome of the war in Rome's favor, with widespread and long-lasting consequences, especially with regard to the Second Punic War.
Prag, J.: <<Inscribed Bronze Rostra from the Site of the Battle of the Aegates
Islands, Sicily, 241 BC>>, in Eck, W.
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In 241 BC, the Roman naval victory in the battle of the Aegates
islands put an end to the first Punic war and marked the ultimate banishment of the Carthaginians from Sicily, which became the first official Roman provincia just a few years later.
Elected consul (242) and sent to Sicily with a newly raised fleet to dispute Carthaginian control of the sea (summer 242); occupied Lilybaeum (Marsala) and blockaded Drepanum (Trapani), and readied his 200 ships for battle; his fleet crushed the unprepared Carthaginian fleet at the battle off the Aegates
(Egadi) Islands (March 10, 241), destroying many ships and capturing 10,000 men (Catulus, who was wounded, did not command in person); negotiated a treaty with the Carthaginians, but this was later rejected in Rome as too lenient.