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Headword: *petro/bolon
Adler number: pi,1405
Translated headword: stone-thrower
Vetting Status: high
"The strength of the stone-thrower machine which was used in the siege of Judaea [i.e. Jotapata] by Vespasian was of the following order: when one man of those near Josephus on the wall was struck by it, his head was severed by the stone and his skull was whirled away to a distance of three stades. And during daytime a pregnant woman was struck in the belly, when she had just come out of her house, and the foetus was hurled half a stade away. So great was the force of the stone. Consequently the din of the machines was very frightening, as was the sound of the projectiles."
Greek Original:
*petro/bolon: h( tou= mhxanh/matos a)lkh\ tou= petrobo/lou, tou= kata\ th\n poliorki/an th=s *)ioudai/as u(po\ *ou)espesianou=, toia/de tis h)=n: plhgei\s ga/r tis u(p' au)tou= tw=n peri\ to\n *)iw/shpon tw=n a)na\ to\ tei=xos, a)para/ssetai th\n kefalh\n u(po\ th=s pe/tras kai\ to\ krani/on a)po\ triw=n e)sfendonh/qh stadi/wn. gunaiko/s te meq' h(me/ran e)gku/monos plhgei/shs th\n gaste/ra, proh/|ei de\ ne/on e)c oi)ki/as, e)ce/seisen e)f' h(mista/dion to\ bre/fos. tosau/th h)=n h( tou= li/qou bi/a. tw=n ou)=n o)rga/nwn foberw/tatos o( r(oi=zos, tw=n de\ ballome/nwn h)=n o( yo/fos.
From Josephus, Jewish War 3.245-247 (web address 1).
For the headword, cf. under delta 1271.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; children; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; science and technology; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 March 2010@06:07:23.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 31 March 2010@15:55:33.
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 1 April 2010@03:10:23.
David Whitehead on 1 October 2013@03:38:24.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 29 October 2018@10:55:55.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 30 August 2021@19:38:33.


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