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A young Julius Caesar was kidnapped by Pirates in the year 78 bce. He was held on the island of Pharmacusa for six weeks until a ransom was paid.
Ten Years later, Rome passed a bill allowing Pompey to stamp out piracy. He assembled a fleet of 270 ships and swept through the Mediterranean. The campaign climaxed in a major sea battle off the coast of Anatolia. Ten thousand pirates were killed, four hundred ships captured and many more destroyed.
This campaign resulted in piracy in the Mediterranean being effectively wiped out until the sixteenth century when the Algerian Pirate Lord Barbarossa united Algeria and Tunisia under the Ottoman sultanate and funded his regime by piracy.