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Title
Methods of attack used by Greeks and Romans
Collection

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Weapons -- Ancient

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1785
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection
Topics
Arms & armament -- To 499
Towers
Torches
Shields
Pulleys
Logs
Capstans
Siege warfare
Genres
Reconstructions
Notes
Source note: Costume des anciens peuples, à l'usage des artistes. Dandré-Bardon, Michel François ; 1700-1783 ; author. Paris : Alexandre Jombert, 1784-1785. 2 v. Nouvelle édition rédigée par M. Cochin.
Physical Description
Etchings
Extent: 22.5 x 19.5 cm
"13e.Cer." "2e. Part. Pl. 38"--lettered on image. Keyed A through K on image.
Description
In the foreground is a rolling panel used to shield engineers attacking walls during a siege. The flaming torch and burning cauldron nearby suggest the sort of weapons used by city defenders to try to set fire to an attacker's siege machines. Behind it is a siege tower and the pulley and capstan or windlass used to move it up to a wall. The tower moves on logs rolling over a surface of planks, with new logs being placed in front of the tower through a hatch by men inside. Behind the tower is a huge animal-headed battering ram inside a shed built to protect it and its crew from enemy missiles. In the distance is another siege tower.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1c880730-c5c0-012f-ef3d-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

  • 1785: Issued
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

MLA Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Methods of attack used by Greeks and Romans" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1785. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-474e-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. "Methods of attack used by Greeks and Romans" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 20, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-474e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1785). Methods of attack used by Greeks and Romans Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-474e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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Methods of attack used by Greeks and Romans