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Machines at War—Evolution of the Catapult

Lecture no. 21 from the course: Understanding Greek and Roman Technology

Machines at War—Evolution of the Catapult

Taught by Professor Stephen Ressler | 34 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

Trace the evolution of the catapult, which overcomes the inherent human physiological limitations associated with the bow and arrow. From hand-operated crossbows, catapults progressed to giant artillery pieces able to shoot enormous arrows and hurl heavy projectiles. Revisit a type of catapult called the palintone from Lecture 1, and watch it in action.

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