Thursday, June 10, 2010
The Curtain Walls At Perge
Built in the late third century BC, the fortifications at Perge were revolutionary for their time. The curtain walls were of two structural types; single solid wall, and a wall with buttresses, arches, a mural gallery, and embrasures for arrow-firing devices. This illustration shows the latter type, from the interior and exterior. The wall provides two levels for the defense; an upper wall-walk, and a mural gallery. The former was wide enough to accommodate a three span catapult, but the mural gallery was considerably narrower; there is only room for archers. It is possible however, that temporary wooden planking was placed between the arches during a siege, allowing additional arrow-firing devices to be mounted here.