What was the Claw of Archimedes?

Introduction The Claw of Archimedes (Ancient Greek: Ἁρπάγη, romanised: harpágē, lit. ’snatcher’; also known as the “iron hand”) was an ancient weapon devised by Archimedes to defend the seaward portion of Syracuse’s city wall against amphibious assault. Background Although its exact nature is unclear, the accounts of ancient historians describe it as a sort of crane… Read More

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