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Seilfregatten Freia gikk av stabelen i Horten som den første norske fregatten bygget etter 1814. Skipet ble... Read more ...

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24. August 455

Vandalene plyndret Roma


25. August 1828

Fregatten Freia ble sjøsatt
Seilfregatten Freia gikk av stabelen i Horten som den første norske fregatten bygget etter 1814. Skipet ble bygget for Den kongelige norske marine og var byggenummer én ved verftet i Horten.

Skipet hadde en besetning på 344 mann og var 44,2 meter langt. Opprinnelig førte det to kanoner på 60 pund, 24 kanoner på 24 pund og 18 kanoner på 18 pund. I 1863 ble skipet bygget om til losjiskip, og i 1870 ble det hugget opp.

På grunn av sin konstruksjon og behovet for oppdrift, måtte skipet sjøsettes med baugen først.

24. August 455


Vandalene plyndret Roma
Vandalene plyndret Roma. Plyndringen i år 455 var den andre av tre plyndringer av byen. Før de gikk inn i byen ødela vandalene Romas akvedukter, og dermed vannforsyningen til innbyggerne. Pave Leo 1. krevde at vandalene ikke skulle ødelegge gamlebyen eller myrde innbyggerne, og vandalenes leder Genseric holdt dette løftet. Portene ble dermed åpnet for Genseric og hans menn.

Vandalene tok seg god tid, og i motsetning til visigoterne som plyndret Roma i tre dager i år 410, så brukte vandalene to uker på jobben. De ødela mange kulturskatter under plyndringen og ble dermed opphav til det moderne uttrykket «vandalisme».

Vandalene var et germansk folkeslag, som utgjorde en betydelig del av trusselen mot Romerriket i den såkalte folkevandringstiden. Vandalene vandret gjennom Gallia og Hispania før de dannet et betydelig kongedømme i Nord-Afrika med hovedstad i dagens Algerie. Herfra dominerte de øyene i det vestlige Middelhavet. I 534 overga den siste vandalkongen seg til romerne, og etter dette hadde vandalene lite betydning i historien.


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