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A '''ballista''' is a [[siege weapons|siege engine]] which uses a [[bow]]-like arrangement to hurl a [[missile|projectile]], as opposed to a [[catapult]] which throws its projectile by employing a long arm structure.
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A '''ballista''' is one type of [[siege weapons|siege engine]] which uses a [[crossbow]]-like arrangement to hurl a [[missile|projectile]], as opposed to a [[catapult]] which throws its projectile by employing a long arm structure.
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The crossbow-like arrangement itself consists of a pair of opposed rigid arms, each with torque provided by their own <i>torsion bundle</i> or <i>skein</i> of twisted rope.
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External Links:
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[http://198.144.2.125/Siege/ConstructionPics.htm Ballista Construction]
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"Baby Ballista" and "Ballista Jr." at [http://www.siege-engine.com/ Seige-Engine.com]
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''See also:''
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[[Arbalest]]
   
 
[[category:weapons]]
 
[[category:weapons]]

Revision as of 21:34, 25 February 2007

A ballista is one type of siege engine which uses a crossbow-like arrangement to hurl a projectile, as opposed to a catapult which throws its projectile by employing a long arm structure.

The crossbow-like arrangement itself consists of a pair of opposed rigid arms, each with torque provided by their own torsion bundle or skein of twisted rope.

External Links:

Ballista Construction

"Baby Ballista" and "Ballista Jr." at Seige-Engine.com

See also: Arbalest