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Summary of historical development Edit

Summarize historical development of Greek and Roman Artillery here.

Primary sources Edit

Ancient texts and diagrams Edit

Describe pros and cons of ancient texts and diagrams here.

A list of ancient manuscripts, their locations and existing modern editions and translations can be found from here.

Archaeological finds Edit

Archaeological finds are superior to other pieces of evidence in that they really are from the antiquity, rather than just describe things that once existed. However, archaeological evidence is very fragmentary due various archaeological formation processes.

A list of archaeological finds is available on this page.

Other Edit

Trajan's column, Cupid's gem et al. Please describe them here.

Summary of existing research Edit

Summarize research of Prou, Schramm, Marsden, Baatz, Wilkins, Iriarte et al. here.

Directions for future research Edit

Much of the existing Greek and Roman artillery research leans heavily on interpretation of ambiguous and often corrupt ancient texts and diagrams. This means that they can be analyzed over and over again without ever reaching a consensus. All scholars so far have interpreted the same texts very differently, which shows that it's very easy to fit the texts to fit one's preconceived ideas. This means that in many cases - especially when discussing the late-Roman palintones - emphasis should be moved even more towards analysis of archaeological finds and experimental archaeology. Although experimental archaeology can't prove that any given theory is correct, it can certainly weed out the most unlikely ideas.

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