In 188 BC, after
Rome's victory over the Seleucid king, Antiochus the Great, Quintus
Fabius Labeo was supposed to take away half of the king's ships in
accordance with the terms of the peace treaty; it is said that he cut
them all in half, so as to deprive Antiochus of his whole fleet
(Valerius Maximus Memorable
Deeds and Sayings 7.3.4).