Brill’s New Pauly

Get access

(1,122 words)

[German version]

A. The invention of catapults

The ancient catapult was a long-range weapon of war which threw its projectiles by means of spring power. There probably is no other technical device from antiquity about which we have equally comprehensive information from illustrated technical treatises (Philo, Vitruvius, Heron), historiography (Ammianus Marcellinus), specialist military literature (Vege…

Cite this page
Baatz, Dietwulf (Bad Homburg), “Catapult”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 03 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

▲   Back to top   ▲