Thursday, June 10, 2010

Towers AT Perge and Diocaesararia

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(1) Perge late third century BC. This is a typical rectangular three story tower. The first story is blind, the second is pierced for slits, and the upper story has large windows (three on each projecting side). The tower could accommodate at least one five-mina stone projector, or several arrow-firing devices. (1A)

(2) The tower at Diocaesararia, third century BC is an example of a typical private residential tower. Of it's six stories, the three lower ones have five rooms each, and each of the upper three is partitioned into four rooms each. Communication between the stories was by a stone staircase. Two entrances led into the tower one on the ground floor (in the southern wall) and the other in the second floor (in the eastern wall).

(3) The U-shaped tower at Assos, late 3rd century BC, was built in the age of artillery, the tower radically differs from the other towers at Assos. It had a single chamber on a single floor reached via an arched entrance. With the help of a system of pulleys, a catapult could be shifted to fire from any of the five embrasures in the tower.

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