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Ballista - Caesar covered his landing in Britain with fire from catapults and ballistas.

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The ballista had horizontal arms like a bow. The arms were set in rope; a cord, fastened to the arms like a bowstring, fired arrows, darts, and stones. Like a modern field gun, the ballista shot low and directly toward the enemy.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Artillery Through the Ages, by Albert Manucy Published 1949