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ASSER (from assero), what is “joined to” the walls, means the beam of a house (Plaut. Aul. 2.6, 8), or, more usually, a pole, e. g. the pole of a litter (Juv. 3.245). In warfare different kinds of long asseres were used: (1) falcati asseres (Liv. 38.5, 3), also called harpagones (Liv. 30.10,16); δορυδρέπανα (Plb. 21.27.4), poles with hooks at the ends, used for tearing down battlements. (2) At sea, similar poles (called longurii) were used for destroying the rigging of the enemy's ships (Caes. Gal. 3.14, 5). (3) Poles, twelve feet long, with sharp points (cuspidibus praefixi), hurled from engines against the works of the besiegers (Caes. B.C. 2.2). (4) Strong beams with grappling hooks (corvi et ferreae manus) attached, which were let drop on the enemy's ships (Q. Curt. 4.3.24).


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    • Polybius, Histories, 21.27.4
    • Caesar, Gallic War, 3.14
    • Caesar, Gallic War, 3.5
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 38, 3
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 38, 5
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 30, 10
    • Curtius, Historiarum Alexandri Magni, 4.3.24
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