Catapult Animation Roman Mangonel
Catapult animation demonstrating the action of the torsion powered
The Roman Mangonel, predecessor of the the Roman Onager, was a torsion
catapult consisting of a throwing arm powered by a bundle of
twisted cord , or skein.
The Mangonel allowed the Romans to employ fairly large projectiles at
medium range. It fired not only solid projectiles, but also a form
of grapeshot made from smaller stones baked in a clay ball.
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