During World War One, this French grenade throwing catapult was taken very seriously by its operators,  especially after the fuse was lit.

What the Romans wouldn’t have given for the magic powder in those little iron spheres.   Given the scope of the Roman empire and their evident thirst for all things military, it is surprising some Ancient somewhere didn’t discover the explosive power latent in saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal.  Back when the Catapult Gods reigned supreme they probably kept a tight lid on something as disruptive as chemistry.  There is just no telling what their little monkeys would end up doing with it.

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