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GREEK AND ROMAN ARTILLERY Historical Development

Marsden, Eric William

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ISBN 10: 0198142684 / ISBN 13: 9780198142683
Published by Oxford Clarendon Press, 1969
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Minor bump to one corner. Light foxing to top of textblock. Rubbing to DJ. Worn DJ corners with small tear to bottom corner (1cm). Very minor fraying to DJ ends. ; Defining a piece of artillery as "a relatively complex engine powered by springs of resilient material, composed of several mechanical devices, and designed to hurl bolts or shot over the longest possible range", Marsden presents a comprehensive account of the development and historical employment of ancient artillery from its invention in 399 BC to the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West (c. AD 400). Among the many topics raised are the influence of the introduction of artillery on warfare, the organisation of artillery by states and monarchs, the obtaining of artificers and the training of artillerymen by ancient governments, and the effects of artillery on the design of fortifications. The work is based on the Greek and Latin texts describing the construction of catapults, ballistae and other machines translated in Greek and Roman Artillery: Technical Treatises also by Marsden. This book contains interpretations of five principal treatises which may be regarded as a unique group in the field of ancient applied mechanics. The evidence they provide enables Marsden to trace in considerable detail mechanical progress in the construction of Greek and Roman artillery over a period of five centuries and more. The texts presented here have been prepared from the texts, critical apparatuses and comments of earlier scholars, while Marsden's translations are new. Each major text and translation is followed by detailed notes with diagrams, while the fragment of Heron's Cheiroballistra and shorter texts by Vegetius, Procopius, Ammianus and others in the final chapters are accompanied by introductions, technical conclusions and notes on reconstructing the machines. The general introduction discusses dates and sources, and the manuscript tradition of the Greek treatises on artillery. ; 218 pages; 14 plates at end. Bookseller Inventory # 6840

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Publisher: Oxford Clarendon Press

Publication Date: 1969

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-

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Five Greek and Latin treatises, with a facing English translation, which enable Marsden to trace mechanical progress in Greek and Roman artillery over five hundred years. Each text and translation is followed by extensive notes which contain explanatory diagrams which reconstruct the machines. Additional chapters discuss and reconstruct the 4th-century ballista and the onager based on a range of sources.

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Text: English, Greek, Latin

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