Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 9

Siege Machines

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 26, 2002 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • During the siege of Constantinople in 1453, a giant cannon called Basilica fired 1,600 pound balls that traveled more than a mile.

    • The last recorded use of a trebuchet was be Hernando Cortes in 1521, during the siege of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City.

    • Parts of the dismantled Helepolis were used to build the Colossus of Rhodes.

    • A battering ram used during the siege of Rhodes in 309 BC was 180 feet long. One thousand men were required to wield it.

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: From time immemorial humans have been developing weapons that can blast through, break down and breach the world's strongest fortifications. From the ancient battering ram to medieval catapults and the crossbows, from cannons and tanks to computer guided cruise missiles. Now: Siege Machines, on Modern Marvels

  • Notes

    • Hew Kennedy
      Military Historian

      Paul Denney

      Ron Toms
      Founder & CEO,

      Dr. John France
      Medieval Historian, University of Wales-Swansea

      Dr. Kelly DeVries
      Prof. of History, Loyola College, Maryland

      Julie Douglass

      Norman Friedman
      Military Historian

      Ed Heasley
      Curator, US Army Ordnance Museum

      Dr. Bart Kosko
      Department of Electrical Engineering, USC

      Dawn Thompson
      Pumpkin Chunker

      Eric Ludlam
      Team Tormentum

      William "Big Bill" Thompson
      Pumpkin Chunker

      Charles Burton
      Pumpkin Chunkin' Historian

      Roger Nichols
      Team Tormentum

      Andrew Reed
      Pumpkin Chunker

      Sean Reid
      Pumpkin Chunker

      John Huber
      Pumpkin Chunker

      Harry "Capt. Speed" Lackhove
      Retired Chunker

      Nathan Parker
      Pumpkin Chunker

      Jake Burton
      Future Engineer

      Executive Producer: Don Cambou
      Writer: Mary Wallace
      Producer: Mary Wallace
      Associate Producer: Kristina Djokic
      Associate Producer: Holly A. Murdoch
      Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
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      Narrator: Max Raphael
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      Ron Toms

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