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Title
Catapult ; Ballista for hurling large missiles
Collection

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Weapons -- Ancient

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1810
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection
Topics
Arms & armament -- To 499
Ballista
Siege warfare
Catapults (Weapons)
Genres
Book illustrations
Notes
Source note: Tableau historique des costumes, des moeurs et des usages des principeaux peuples de l''antiquité et du moyen age. (Metz : Collignon, 1810) Spalart, Robert von, Author.
Physical Description
Etchings
Hand coloring
Laid paper
Extent: Plate mark 28 x 19 cm
"V.ü.d.K.IAb.IIITh." "Antiq. Tom. III."--lettered in plate, left border.
Description
The upper picture shows a catapult, also called an onager ("wild ass", for the way it "kicks" when discharged). The soldiers are using levers to winch the arm down into firing position. On the ground nearby lies a metal bar used with the gears on the side of the machine to tighten the skein of twisted cords which gives the catapult its throwing power. Rocks used as ammunition appear in the foreground. The lower picture illustrates a ballista (also called a "scorpion" because of its shape and its "sting"), used for throwing the darts or spears shown lying under the machine. This engine also works by twisted skeins, but here there are two of them, upright, which make the arms attached to the "bowstring" spring forward. The string is pulled back using the winch at the rear of the machine. Like the catapult, these skeins are tightened by using the rod on the ground to turn the gears (on top of the ballista).
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1bdbf9e0-c5c0-012f-213c-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Item timeline of events

  • 1810: Issued
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Catapult ; Ballista for hurling large missiles" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1810. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-474c-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. "Catapult ; Ballista for hurling large missiles" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 9, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-474c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1810). Catapult ; Ballista for hurling large missiles Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-474c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Catapult ; Ballista for hurling large missiles