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[4] while it was still some distance off in its approach to the wall, a stone of ten talents' weight1 was discharged at it, then a second and a third; some of these, falling upon it with great din and surge of wave, crushed the foundation of the engine, shattered its frame-work, and dislodged it from the platform, so that Marcellus, in perplexity, ordered his ships to sail back as fast as they could, and his land forces to retire.

1 A talent's weight was something over fifty pounds.

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