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History of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 7

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Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 107,114 / 325 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.4
LoC Category: DS
Downloads: 677
Added to site: 2009.10.08
mnybks.net#: 25508
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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* The battering-ram had already reached such a degree of perfection under Assur-nazir-pal, that it must have been invented some time before the execution of the first bas- reliefs on which we see it portrayed. Its points of resemblance to the Greek battering-ram furnished Hoofer with one of his mam arguments for placing the monuments of Khorsabad and Koyunjik as late as the Persian or Parthian period.

The Assyrians were familiar with all the different kinds of battering-ram; the hand variety, which was merely a beam tipped with iron, worked by some score of men; the fixed ram, in which the beam was suspended from a scaffold and moved by means of ropes; and lastly, the movable ram, running on four or six wheels, which enabled it to be advanced or withdrawn at will. The military engineers of the day allowed full rein to their fancy in the many curious shapes they gave to this latter engine; for example, they gave to the mass of bronze at its point the form of the head of an animal, and the whol

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