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Museo della Civilta, Rome
The Siege Tower

A model of a Roman siege tower at the Museo della Civilta in Rome. This collossal tower on wheels would mainly be used to provide height for archers and ballista catapults. From this vantage point they would be able to fire their arrows and bolts at the men atop a city's walls and turrets, thus allowing the Roman soldiers to work on creating a hole in the wall, without being attacked from above.
This particular model even has the ram built into its base, so that the soldiers operating it can work within the safety of the tower.