The Catapult: A History

The Catapult: A History

by Tracey Rihll
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Westholme Publishing
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The Catapult: A History

A Major Contribution to the History of Technology and Ancient Warfare
The most recognized military device of ancient times and the source of continued fascination and popular appeal, the catapult represented a major shift in the conduct of warfare. In The Catapult: A History historian Tracey Rihll uses ancient sources and the latest archaeological findings to tell the story of this first machine of war. Dispelling any notion that the catapult was precision engineered in the modern sense, the author explains how a robust formulaic design allowed a variety of machines and missiles to be built and used for particular battlefield conditions or military tasks. Complete with original illustrations, maps, and two appendices detailing both the formulas for catapult construction and known catapult remains, The Catapult is essential reading for those interested in the history of warfare and technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594160356
Publisher: Westholme Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Series: Weapons in History Ser.
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations     vi
List of Maps     vii
Preface     ix
Timeline     xi
Introduction     xix
Sticks and Stones     1
The First Catapult     26
The Development and Diffusion of Tension Catapults     46
The Sinews of War: Torsion Catapults     76
Little Catapults     91
The Age of Experiment: The Hellenistic Period     106
The Technical Treatises     140
The Romanization of Catapult Technology     176
Strikes Back at the Empire     197
Late Antique Catapults, East and West     232
The Calibration Formulae and Components     271
Known Catapult Remains     295
Notes     299
Bibliography     345
Index     365
Acknowledgements     381

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