Gastraphetes

The Gastraphetes

by Daniel Russ on April 11, 2012

  The Gastraphetes was a type of compound bow used about 400BC by the ancient Greeks and Macedonians. Heron of Alexandria, the great inventor describes it in Belopoeica, and  there exists also a description by the 3rd century BC engineer Ctesibius. The name gives away its western translated moniker: the Belly Bow. Once you locked […]

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Siege Weapons

by Daniel Russ on April 18, 2010

The rolling siege tower was the big offensive weapon throughout the age of the castle. Helepolis means “Taker of Cities” and was rolled up to the alls of a fortress. It was 50 feet square at the base and over 100 feet tall. Inside the moving staircase archers, peltasts could fire into the defenders or […]

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