Demetrius Poliorcetes (“The Besieger”)


Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

Translated by John Dryden

Demetrius was skilled in directing catapults and battering rams to crush city walls. Demetrius's tortoise-like armored battering rams were 180 feet long and manned by one thousand men, and his giant catapults threw 180-pound stone balls a quarter of a mile. Probably his most fearsome device was an enormous wheeled fortified tower called