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Trasimeno(träzēmā`nō), Lat. Trasimenus, lake, c.50 sq mi (130 sq km), in Umbria, central Italy, W of Perugia. It is also called Lake of Perugia. The shallow circular lake (max. depth 19 ft/6 m) often floods its shores, which are sparsely populated. There is no natural outlet, but a subterranean channel to a tributary of the Tiber was opened in 1898. In 217 B.C., lake Trasimeno was the scene of Hannibal's victory over the Romans under Flaminius.
a lake in central Italy. Situated at an elevation of 259 m, Lake Trasimeno has an area of 128.6 sq km and a depth of 6.6 m (or 8 m, according to different data). The lake has mostly low, marsh-ridden shores. It drains into the Tiber River basin.
In April 217 B.C., during the Second Punic War, an important battle occurred near Lake Trasimeno (Latin, Trasimenus) between Hannibal and his force of 40,000 Carthaginian troops and a Roman army of 31,000 men under the consul G. Flaminius. The Carthaginians ambushed the Roman army as it was marching through a narrow defile between the lake shore and nearby hills. The Romans were completely defeated—more than 15,000 were killed or drowned, and more than 15,000 were captured. Carthaginian losses totaled 1,500 men.