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(1555) [MARC] [MARC] Author: Olaus Magnus
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220        DE BELLICIS INSTRV.

OLAI MAGNI

GOTHI ARCHIEPISCOPI

VPSALENSIS

DE BELLICIS RITV, INSTRVMENTIS, CAVSA, ET CAVTELIS PRÆLIANDI.

LIBERSEPTIMVS.



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De Artificibus ballistarum, & telorum.


CAP. I.

                                        PARVM naturæ visum est hominem cæteris omnibus animantibus
                                        imbecilliorem, ærumnis & lachrymis plenum, ad
                                        infinitas calamitates, vt Plinio lib. VII. placet, produxississe,
                                        nisi & ipse homo crudeliora abbreviandæ brevis vitæ
Scythæ.                                         compendia invenisset: idque juxta gentium ritus in toto orbe
Afri.                                         dispersarum. Aliis etenim modis Scythæ, aliis Afri indique
Indi.                                         pugnant, aliisque armis, vel depravata natura, vel furore
                                        ipsa ministrante, vtuntur. Apud Septentrionales gentes
Armorum genera.                                         talis, vt superius ostenditur, vsus reperitur in arcubus,
ballistis, & sagittis: vixque datur incola terræ, qui in similibus armis haud est provisus:
idque propter hostiles insultus arcendos, ac noxias bestias vbicunque occurrerint
Causæ armorum, & sagittarum. depellendas, vt sunt immanes vrsi, ac lupi: contra quos latæ veluti novaculæ
producuntur sagittæ, ob pilorum densitatem. Item ligneæ sagittæ lato capite, pro
marduris, zebellinis, ac pyrolis interimendis. Item bifurcatatis, pro avibus sylvestribus
aucupandis: aliis in aquaticis incisivis, ob pennarum duritiem penetrandam:
aliis


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