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Turris ambulatoria ; Testudo arietaria ; Testudo ; Onager ; Ballista

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Title
Turris ambulatoria ; Testudo arietaria ; Testudo ; Onager ; Ballista
Collection

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Warfare -- Ancient

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1889
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection
Topics
Towers
Ladders
City walls
Armies -- Roman+ -- To 499
Campaigns & battles -- To 499
Siege warfare
Notes
Source note: From Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War; with notes, dictionary, and a map of Gaul, (revised edition, illustrated) by Albert Harkness, LL.D., Appleton Book Company, New York, 1889.
Physical Description
Chromolithographs
Extent: 11 x 15.5 cm
Color lithograph.
Description
The picture shows equipment and methods used by Romans to assault a fortified city. Printed under the items described are the captions: "1. Turris Ambulatoria. [Siege tower (literally "walking tower")] 2. Testudo Arietaria. [Shed covering a battering ram (literally "turtle for the ram")] 3. Testudo. ["Turtle" formation made by soldiers by overlapping their shields] 4. Onager. [Catapult, whose name meant "wild ass" because of the way it "kicked" when fired] 5. Ballista. [Dart or bullet thrower]"
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 12f495e0-c5c0-012f-f50f-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1889: Issued
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Turris ambulatoria ; Testudo arietaria ; Testudo ; Onager ; Ballista" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1889. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-4735-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Turris ambulatoria ; Testudo arietaria ; Testudo ; Onager ; Ballista" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 1, 2020. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-4735-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1889). Turris ambulatoria ; Testudo arietaria ; Testudo ; Onager ; Ballista Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-4735-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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Turris ambulatoria ; Testudo arietaria ; Testudo ; Onager ; Ballista