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For the moth genus, see Drepana (moth).
For the city in Bithynia, see Helenopolis.
Drepana (modern-day Trapani)
Drepana is located in Italy
Location of Drepana in Italy
Coordinates: 38°01′N 12°31′E / 38.017°N 12.517°E / 38.017; 12.517
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Drepana (Latin: Drepanum; Greek: Drepanon, sing., Drepana, pl.), a harbour-town on the west-coast of Sicily, was the site of a crushing Roman defeat by the Carthaginians, in 249 BC.

The town, twenty-five miles north of Lilybaeum, had been fortified by the Carthaginians, who resettled part of the population to Eryx. In 241 it was besieged by Gaius Lutatius Catulus.[1] and later used as a naval base. It never achieved the status of a civitas in Roman times.

Today, the town is called Trapani.


  1. ^ Dillon, Matthew; Garland, Lynda (2005). Ancient Rome: From the Early Republic to the Assassination of Julius Caesar. London: Routledge. p. 190. ISBN 0-415-22458-6. 

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