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Tango0102 Feb 2024 10:15 p.m. PST

"It seems that the Romans gained much of their knowledge of catapult artillery from the Greek world, especially after conquests in Sicily in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE, and captured many machines in their wars with Carthage. These came in various sizes, but the smaller ones were often termed ‘scorpions', and while they were often used to defend fortifications or camps, they were small enough to be taken into the field on campaign, where their range and relative accuracy could come in useful. Vegetius stated that ideally each legion should have 55 catapulti, although how often if ever this target was achieved remains unknown. Many accounts of Roman battles make no mention of them, but whether this is because they were not present, or merely not a significant component of the fight, is impossible to know today, though they are an intriguing element in a Roman army for modern gamers…"


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Legionarius04 Feb 2024 8:30 a.m. PST

Every legion needs a few of these!

Tango0104 Feb 2024 3:33 p.m. PST

(smile)


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