Friday, May 13, 2016

Ancient Warfare

The Helepolis

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode of the acclaimed documentary series Ancient Discoveries that explores the science and technology of classical antiquity.

Roman siege engines

In this installment of Ancient Discoveries the warfare technology of the ancient Greeks and Romans is examined, including the Helepolis, a square fortified tower on wheels; and “Greek Fire,” an incendiary liquid that stuck to people and objects and could not be extinguished with water.

The Ballista

The Siege of Masada, the last great battle of the of the Jewish revolt against Rome in 72 AD, and the weaponry used by the Romans to penetrate this Jewish stronghold, is also examined in  wonderful technical detail. As is Archimedes's Steam Cannon.

This and other exciting episodes in the Ancient Discoveries series can be purchased on DVD from the History Channel’s online shop, or in special DVD collections available in the United Kingdom through

Ancient Discoveries - Ancient Warfare 

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