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SOURCE:   Almanac of Modern Science and Education. Tambov: Gramota, 2015. 9. P. 21-25.
SCIENTIFIC AREA: Historical Sciences and Archeology
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LATE ROMAN CROSSBOWS

Bannikov Andrei Valer'evich
Saint Petersburg State University


Abstract. In the era of the late Empire small catapults, which could be served by one person only, appeared. Among such devices a crossbow that was a small composite bow attached to a wooden carriage played a significant role. The shooting range of the crossbow must have been superior to the one of the usual bow. However, its major drawback was the long process of charging, during which the shooter remained vulnerable to the enemy attack.
Key words and phrases: , , , , , , , the Roman army, catapults, bow, crossbow, bolts, arbalest, ballistarii.
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