The Catapult: A History

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Westholme Publishing, 2007 - History - 380 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Larxol - LibraryThing

Everything you ever wanted to know about catapults in classical times. Professor Rihll surely knows more about them than anyone else, and gets it all in. The details are all there, but the book could be better organized. Read full review

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A very comprehensive work of scholarship on the evolution of catapults. Read full review


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TRACEY RIHLL is lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Wales, Swansea. She is author of Greek Science and many articles of ancient technology and science.

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