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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]
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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
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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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However, the familiar modern day design was really started with the amphitheatre, which could accommodate much larger crowds, was often multi-tiered and wrapped around the often gruesome gladiatorial, venatio (animal hunts) and naumachia (staged naval battles to the death involving condemned prisoners) events put on for mass entertainment in a circle of blood thirsty noise.
Chew also includes a brief account of the three fictional sea battles discussed below that form what he calls "the naumachia" (459-62).
WINNERS: Rachel, right, and Becky Unthank of folk group The Winterset with their award for Artist of the Year 2006.; ENTERTAINERS: Maximo Park perform at the Evolution music festival on Tyneside, Right, artist Quentin Blake opened an exhibition of his Roald Dahl illustrations at Seven Stories.; SPECTACULAR: Picture House at Belsay featured eye-catching artworks and installations, such as this silver dress by Viktor and Rolf.; OLD PALS: Our Friends in the North was revived for the first time at Northern Stage.; AMAZING: Catalan Performers La Fura Baus and local aerial artists Hang come together for larger than life spectacular "Naumachia" at the Spillers flour mill on the Banks of the Tyne.
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.
The Spartans apparently intended to fight a naumachia with the Athenians inside the bay and therefore stationed hoplites on the island of Sphakteria.
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.
If the "triumphal car" that De Quincey rides in the last two scenes of the "Dream-Fugue" owes something to the hippodrama, its nautical counterpart, the "English three-decker" or battleship on which he sails in the first two scenes recalls the naumachia, or spectacular battle re-enactment, of nautical pantomime.
Sceve's contribution, along with that of his fellow humanists Guillaume du Choul and Barthelemy Aneau, is set against a tableau based on painstaking archival research that reveals such gems as the fact that the workmen engaged to build boats for the naumachia had to be bribed with wine to work faster, and that the representatives of the colonies of foreign merchants were gathered together only after being threatened with the gallows.
This show 'Naumachia', a UK exclusive for NewcastleGateshead, will feature daring imagery and effects, including giant puppets, projections onto screens, live music, massive moving structures and a giant web with 60 aerialists, recruited by Newcastle-based company Hang.
Augustus, after all, was hailed Soter in Athens, -- was initiated at Eleusis; put up that little but noticeable Ionic monopteros behind the Parthenon; re-enacted Athens versus Persia at his naumachia playground in Trastevere, sublimating his own `victory' over the Parthians; had Erechtheum-style Caryatids in his Forum .