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The Projectile Throwing Engines of the Ancients
Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey


A Summary of
The History, Construction and Effects in Warfare
of the
Projectile Throwing Engines
of the Ancients
by
Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey

Longmans, Green and Company
39 Paternoster Row, London
New York Bombay and Calcutta
1907

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The Projectile Throwing Engines of the Ancients



Contents
Part
 
I. Introductory Notes on the Ancient Projectile Engines 3
II. The Catapult 11
III. The Ballista 21
IV. The Trebuchet 27
V. Historical Notes on Ancient and Medieval Siege Engines and Their Effects in Warfare 31
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PREFACE

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.

Thirkleby Park,
Thirsk
Dec. 1906

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

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