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Baliste romaine ; Catapulte [Roman ballista ; catapult]

Image ID: 1624249

Baliste romaine ; Catapulte [Roman ballista ; catapult] (1911)

Image Details

Image Title

:  Baliste romaine ; Catapulte [Roman ballista ; catapult]

Published Date

: 1911

Specific Material Type

: prints

Item Physical Description

: 1 print : b&w ; 24 x 17 cm.


: Printed under each picture is "Musée de Saint-Germain" [Now the National Museum of Archaeology in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France]. The top picture shows a "carroballista", or ballista mounted on a cart. A ballista was a huge torsion-powered crossbow which shot large wooden darts. This one is mounted on a wheeled carriage, so that it could be moved about a battlefield as needed, rather than just used from one place as a siege weapon. The bottom picture shows a small catapult. Note the pad for stopping the arm's forward motion, the long handles for cranking the arm back into firing position, and the ball-shaped missile (cast in metal or chipped from stone) in the sling.

Original Source

: From Le moyen âge: la Gaule romaine, les invasions, la France féodale, la royauté. (Paris Flammarion 1911) Dayot, Armand, Author.


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

Source Description

: 1 folder (8 pictures)


: Mid-Manhattan Library / Picture Collection

Catalog Call Number


Digital ID

: 1624249

Record ID

: 1762705

Digital Item Published

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

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