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Crossbow and quiver depicted on a Roman tomb in Gaul. Second century A.D.
Figure 637 - Crossbow and quiver depicted on a Roman tomb in Gaul. Second century A.D.
The Romans certainly knew the cross-bow too, since it is described by Vegetius under the name manuballista as the same weapon as that formerly called ‘scorpion’ . The term arcuballista seems to describe another kind of cross-bow. Two late-Roman representations of a simple kind of cross-bow are known from Gaul, both showing weapons of the chase rather than of war (figure 637).
Source: p. 707, Singer, Charles (Ed.) A history of technology. Volume 2, The Mediterranean civilizations and the Middle Ages ; c.700 B.C. to c.A.D. 1500
Referenced as figure 83 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
83. Fresco from a tomb, 2nd century AD, Gallo-Roman (ex-Sing).
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