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- proper n. the narrow section of water between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of mainland Italy
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- n. the strait separating Sicily from the tip of Italy
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For Spartacus the story began on the day that he marched his men from the Strait of Messina toward the Aspromonte Mountains.
To the south of Sila, between the Gulfs of Squillace and Santa Eufemia, there is the Pass of Marcellinara (800 feet), which was possibly a sea canal before the Strait of Messina existed.
Enzo Grecos study of Spartacus on the Strait of Messina is illuminating if unconvincing: Enzo Greco, Spartaco sullo stretto ovvero Le origini di Villa San Giovanni e Fiumara di muro Rome: Gangemi Editore, 1999.
The Strait of Messina is about nineteen miles long.
Troubridge, regarding Milne, limited himself to expressing his “deep conviction … that Goeben had no right to be escaping at all and that if she had been sealed up in the Strait of Messina by the battle cruisers, as I thought she ought to have been, she would never have escaped.”