Battle of Lilybaeum

The Battle of Lilybaeum was the first clash between the navies of Carthage and Rome in 218 BC during the Second Punic War. The Carthaginians had sent 35 quinqueremes to raid Sicily, starting with Lilybaeum. The Romans, warned by Hiero of Syracuse of the coming raid, had time to intercept the Carthaginian contingent with a fleet of 20 quinqueremes and managed to capture several Carthaginian ships.

Battle of Lilybaeum
Part of the Second Punic War

Naval operations around Sicily in 218 BC
DateSummer, 218 BC
Result Roman victory
Roman Republic Carthage
Commanders and leaders
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, Praetor of Sicily Unknown
20 Quinqueremes and Triremes 35 Quinqueremes
Casualties and losses
Unknown 7 ships captured