Battle of Sulci

The Battle of Sulci was a naval battle fought in 258 BC between the Roman and Carthaginian navies on the coast near the town of Sulci, Sardinia. It was a Roman victory, obtained by consul Gaius Sulpicius Paterculus. The Carthaginian fleet was largely sunk, and the rest of the ships were abandoned on land.[1][2] The Carthaginian commander Hannibal Gisco was crucified or stoned to death by his mutinying army.[1][2]

Battle of Sulci
Part of the First Punic War
Date258 BC
Result Roman victory
Roman Republic Carthage
Commanders and leaders
Gaius Sulpicius Paterculus Hannibal Gisco

The Romans were subsequently defeated by a certain Hanno in Sardinia, and the Roman attempt to capture the island failed.[1] The loss of ships prevented the Carthaginians from mounting major operations from Sardinia against the Romans.[1]


  1. Lazenby 1996, p. 77.
  2. Rankov 2011, p. 154.


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