Gaius Duilius

Roman politician and admiral

Gaius Duilius was a Roman consul and admiral in the 3rd Century BCE.  He lead Rome to thier first ever naval victory during the First Punic War (264-241 BCE) against the Carthage Empire.  In order to do this he invented boarding bridges, allowing his forces the ability to fight under conditions as close to those on land as possible.  

He was elected censor in 258 BCE, a very rare honor for someone who had not been born into a traditional Roman aristocratic family.