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Definition: Device that turned the tide for Rome in the Second Punic War. Called a corvus because it resembled a crow, it was a wooden device that allowed one ship to latch onto another ship and keep the two connected by the wooden mini-land bridge. This allowed soldiers to storm from ship to ship. The Carthaginian navy was superior to the Roman navy at this point in history, so the introduction of the corvus made it possible for Rome to turn a naval battle into a naval battle. Given the Roman superiority in army matters, this was a significant innovation indeed.

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