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  • Physics of Catapults Essay

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    The ballista, or "shield piercer," was first developed by the Greeks using the same principles as a bow and arrow. Its primary use was to, as the name suggests, pierce enemy shields, since normal bows lacked the power to do so. Early versions of the ballista include the gastrophetes, which is nothing more than an enlarged bow that can be braced against the users body. http://members.lycos.nl/onager/GastrophetesPic.jpg As time went on ballistas were

  • Catapult Research Paper

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    During the Middle Ages, many weapons were created to help in the winning battles.There was a weapon was the siege engine called a catapult. The term catapult came from the Greek word "katapultos". A catapult was a large machine on wheels with a basket attached to a long wooden arm and a power source for hurling projectiles on the other.The first catapult however was invented around 400 BC in Greek town Syracuse. It was not the type seen so many times at our own wars in today's Society for Creative

  • Medieval Weapons Essay

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    Medieval Weapons Medieval Weapons were (are) very dangerous. They Can kill, puncture, wound, hurt, or anything else. All weapons From the Middle Ages were looked upon as frightening and crucial Tools to kill. From a small dagger to a large cannon; all weapons Would kill, no doubt about it. A lot, in fact most of the weapons were used for siege and Defense against castles. Castles were the most integral part of the Middle Ages. They held the king, the servants and anyone else Important. If you

  • Catapults: a History

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    Catapults: A History A catapult has been used all throughout history as a siege engine. A siege engine is a device that is designed to break or circumvent city walls and other fortifications in siege warfare. A catapult was one of the approximately 10 weapons used in siege warfare during an assault on a castle or fortification. Some other weapons used in both ancient and medieval siege warfare included the well known trebuchet, the classic battering ram, and the siege tower. All of these devices

  • The Effects of Gunpowder on Warfare Essays

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    The discovery of gunpowder changed war from being fought with medieval weaponry and battle tactics to more modern day weapons and tactics because the gunpowder powered weapons are more deadly. Weapons that use gunpowder to launch projectiles have a greater range than melee weapons and are more powerful than bow and arrows. Also, cannons are more powerful and have a greater range and accuracy than catapults and they also can be reloaded faster than catapults. Gunpowder weapons changed war because

  • The Roman Army A War Machine

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    The Roman army was the most powerful war machine of its time and arguably many others. It is this vast war machine that facilitated the Roman Empire and its creation. I call the Roman army a war machine because of the meticulous organization the army displayed, organization so thorough it mimics the individual cogs and gears in a machine working in perfect unison to achieve a common goal. The roman army was responsible for developing revolutionary fighting techniques which not only secured Rome’s

  • The Roman Battle Of Rome

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    According to Roman mythology, Roman “warfare” started all the way back with Romulus and Remus. It is said that the two brothers fought against each other, therefore making the first Roman battle. Rome was a peaceful place until the leaders of Rome decided to try to conquer neighboring countries. Roman warfare went on for centuries over bountiful amounts of territories. Over all of these battles the Romans won an amazing amount of those battles. The Romans were usually superior not only in numbers

  • The During The Middle Ages

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    more effective. A good example of this is the Gladius, a common sword among roman legions almost every person had one was actually a sword from Spain that the Romans found powerful. Other weapons that the Romans took in include the pilum, javelin, ballista, crossbow, and hasta. Some strategies the Romans used were inspired by the strategies of fallen enemies that the commander had seen and could implement correctly. The Idea of the legion itself was originally Greek the Greek hoplites were technically

  • Physics Of The Catapult

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    another in an action movie. However, catapults have a long and intricate history that twists and binds with our own, dating all the way back to 399 B.C. First documented by the Greek historian, Diodorus Siculus, in the form of an early design for the Ballista (type of catapult). Catapults were a staple for siege warfare all throughout history. The catapult was used by many different cultures, notably the Greeks, Roman, and Chinese in siege warfare; also

  • Catapults Essay

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    then lastly a slider. It was told that the gastraphetes could launch 40 pounds 200-300 feet in the air. With this new form of technology, Grecian engineers were able to evolve the gastraphetes into what we know as a catapult. The Grecians used a ballista creation of a catapult to launch objects into the desired target. To power the catapult, Grecians would use horse hair and an ox tendon. This helped create tension so that they were able to launch objects farther. In dire times of need, the women

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