Greek and Roman Artillery 399 BC - AD 363, NVG89
(New Vanguard 89)
Author: Duncan B Campbell
Illustrator: Brian Delf
Paperback; November 2003; 48 pages
About this book:
The catapult (katapeltikon) was invented under the patronage of Dionysius I, tyrant of Syracuse, in the 4th century bc. At first only the arrow-firing variant was used, and it was not until the reign of Alexander the Great that stone-projecting catapults were introduced. The Romans adopted these weapons during the Punic Wars and further developed them, before introducing the new arrow-firing ballista and stone-throwing onager. This title traces the often controversial design, development and construction of these weapons throughout the history of the classical world.
Dr Duncan B Campbell is a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman warfare. He published his first paper in 1984, as an undergraduate at Glasgow University, and produced a complete re-assessment of Roman siegecraft for his Ph.D. His work has appeared in several international journals. He lives near the Antonine Wall in Scotland with his wife and son.
Brian Delf began his career working in a London art studio producing artwork for advertising and commercial publications. Since 1972, he has worked as a freelance illustrator on a variety of subjects including natural history, architecture and technical cutaways. His illlistrations have been published in over thirty countries. Brian lives and works in Oxfordshire.
- THE ARROW-FIRING CATAPULT OF THE GREEKS
- THE STONE-PROJECTING CATAPULT OF THE GREEKS
- ROMAN ARTILLERY: THE REPUBLIC AND EARLY EMPIRE
- THE ROMAN ARTILLERY REVOLUTION - CONCLUSION
Thom Richardson - Keeper of Armour, Royal Armouries, Leeds (Journal of Classics Teaching: publication of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers) 'particularly pleasing architectural-style drawings . . . an absolutely excellent introduction to the subject . . . challenges and updates Marsden's standard work on the subject.'
John Prigent (Internet Modeler) 'fascinating reading' Fernando Quesada Sanz (Gladius) 'a most adequate introduction, as much for the aficionado as for the archaeologist or non-specialist historian who requires a short, precise, rigorous and up-to-date introduction to ancient siegecraft, and above all to the complex matters of terminology and construction.'
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