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I need your opinion here. I'm about to start preparing the arrangement (for now on paper) of the Navy-part of<br>
There can be many ways to arrange the information, for instance:<br>
- Chronologically<br>
- Per fleet (i.e. Misenate, Ravennate, German, British etc.)<br>
- Per different task (anti-piracy/logistical/political etc.)<br>
There are of course pro's and con's to every choice. Problems are inevitably going to arise because of the enormous difference between Republican ad-hoc fleets and the permanent units of the Empire.<br>
Let's just hear it, what topics do you think are important?<br>
Jasper <p></p><i></i>

Jasper Oorthuys
Webmaster & Editor, Ancient Warfare magazine
Hi Jasper! I just can't wait to see what you're going to put together for us.<br>
Optimally, I'd like to see a bit of everything. I know virtually nothing about the navy, but these are some questions that come to mind:<br>
- How did the imperial navy develop from the republican navy? After Rome came to dominate Mare Nostrum, why did she need a navy?<br>
- How prevalent was ancient Mediterranean piracy and how effective was Rome in stopping it? Were the Misene and Ravenna fleets primarily "prestige" fleets or used practically, to form roving patrols and escort important commerce such as grain fleets?<br>
- How did Rome use river vessels to facilitate supply? To patrol isolated stretches of the Rhine and Danube?<br>
- Where did Roman fleets operate, and what were their primary missions in each area?<br>
- What types of ships and boats did the Romans use? What did they look like? How many crew and marines did they take?<br>
- Have any Roman fighting ships been excavated, and what have we learned from them?<br>
- What is the rank and career structure of naval forces?<br>
And that's a few that spring to mind. The answers need not be deep or overly involved, but I'd like to see references that you provide as a means of pointing the way for a reader's further exploration.<br>
Bon chance!<br>
Jenny <p></p><i></i>
Founder, Roman Army Talk and

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