During the second century, residents of Tiberias celebrated their maritime heritage by minting coins depicting Roman galleys and anchors.
A Roman war vessel appears on a second-century CE coin from Gadara, which lay 5 miles southeast of the Sea of Galilee. Other coins from Gadara commemorate the Naumachia—Roman naval games believed to have been performed at the Tel Samra harbor, which served the residents of Gadara. The unusually long breakwater at Tel Samra may have accommodated hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the mock battles.
“Ports of Galilee,” BAR Jul-Aug 1999, p. 20.