|The 'corvus' or crow|
Gaius Duilius was the first of all Roman leaders to receive a triumph for a naval victory, won over the Carthaginians during the First Punic War (264–241).
As consul in 260, Duilius was in charge of the army in Sicily when he was assigned to command Rome's newly created fleet. Realising that his forces lacked skill in naval warfare, he decided that they must fight under conditions as similar as possible to those of a land engagement.
|Image Source: Warfare in the Classical World,|
by John Warry. St. Martin's Press, New York, 1980
For this breakthrough, (according to Livy) Gaius Duilius was granted a perpetual honour - that a wax torch should be borne before him and a flautist should make music when he returned from dining out.