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[Roman ballista crew]

Image ID: 1624247

[Roman ballista crew] (1907)

Image Details

Image Title

:  [Roman ballista crew]


: Nebel, Carl -- Artist

Additional Name(s)

: Georg Buxenstein & Co. -- Publisher

Created Date

: 1907

Item Physical Description

: 1 post card : col. ; 14 x 9 cm.


: Roman legionaries prepare to fire a ballista (dart-throwing engine like a huge crossbow) from the wall of their fort. The soldier at the rear holds the line attached to the trigger, the man in front of him carries a dart and one of the levers used to crank back the firing mechanism, while the legionary in front readies more ammunition. The stooping and crouching poses of the Romans suggests that they are under attack and seeking cover. ....
[See More...] Note 2.) Lower right corner of image is missing. Written beneath image: "Georg Buxenstein & Co., Berlin. Roman." Printed on image: [lower left] "Saalburg, am Defensiv (?)." [Saalburg, on the defense.] [lower right] Artist's signature: "Carl Nebel 1907". One of a series of postcards illustrating reconstructions of activities in the Roman fort of Saalburg on the Empire's frontier with Germany.


: Wonders: Images of the Ancient World / Weapons -- Ancient

Source Description

: 1 folder (8 pictures)


: Mid-Manhattan Library / Picture Collection

Catalog Call Number


Digital ID

: 1624247

Record ID

: 1762703

Digital Item Published

: 10-2-2008; updated 3-25-2011

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