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The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artilleryby William Gurstelle
Synopses & Reviews
Provides instructions on building seven catapults, including God's Stone Thrower and the Wild Donkey, using common materials.
About the Author
William Gurstelle is the author of Absinthe and Flamethrowers, The Art of the Catapult, the bestselling Backyard Ballistics,Building Bots, Whoosh, Boom, Splat, and Notes from the Technology Underground. He is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years. He is a contributing editor atMake magazine and writes frequently for Wired, The Rake, and several other national magazines. He can be contacted at nfttu.blogspot.com.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments — Time line — Introduction: Days before gunpowder — Always be careful — Science of siege — Catapults around the world: Spring engine catapult — Viking catapult — Shooting snakes in a barrel--Catapults of Alexander the Great: Alexander's artillery: Macedonian ballista — Slings of the ancients: Ballearic hand sling — Thracian staff sling — Black flag flies over acre--Saladin, Richard, and the third crusade: God's stone thrower: Traction-style catapult — Cabulus, the great horse trebuchet: Cabulus, the great horse trebuchet — John Crabbe--Tinkerer, sailor, soldier, spy: Making rope — Wild donkey: Onager catapult — Hammer of the Scots: Ludgar, the war wolf — Sun sets on catapult warfare: Basket-pult.
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