A Summary of
Longmans, Green and Company
The Projectile Throwing Engines of the Ancients
SINCE my recent book on medieval archery and ancient weapons was issued,1 I have obtained a considerable amount of information concerning the projectile engines of the Greeks and Romans. I now print a concise account of the history, construction, and effects in warfare of these engines.
In this summary the additional notes I have acquired are included.
R. P. G.
1 The Crossbow, Medieval and Modern, Military and Sporting : Its Construction, History, and Management. With a Treatise on the Ballista and Catapult of the Ancients. 220 illustrations. Messrs. Longmans & Co., 39 Paternoster Row, London
The Projectile Throwing Engines of The Ancients
Design, Construction and Operation of Ancient Greek, Roman and Medieval Siege Engines and Their Effects In Warfare
Written by Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey in 1907,this is the first serious modern work on ancient siege engines and the early history of artillery. In this book, Payne-Gallwey first cites the ancient writings of Greeks and Romans on sieges and the associated artillery. In order to test the validity of the ancient accounts, he produces his own full size working versions of these ancient machines and tests the construction and performance claims of the ancient writers. Fully illustrated, this book gives extensive details about the design, construction, operation and performance of the three types of siege engines: the Catapult (both the Mangonel and Onager), the Ballista and the Trebuchet.