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LIBER NONUS        303


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De fundamentis arcium comburendis.


CAP. XXV.


                                        VETERIS ruinæ vestigia in Aquilonaribus regnis fatis
                                        clare demonstrant, quomodo quam plurima fortissima locaLoca inacessa arte superantur.
                                        rupibus. ac inviis accessibus imposita, artificialibus flammis
                                        e subtertaneis specubus excitatis, velut tonitruis concussa,
                                        dissolutaque reperiunsur. Cum enim fortalitia hujusmodi
                                        obcontinua latrocinia e his, limitaneis præcipue,
                                        provinciarum locis suscitata deprehenderentur, communibusGens vnita opus arduum aggreditur et superat.
                                        armis vnanimi gentis consensu, judicisque decreto incolæ
                                        convocati, ea adorti miris ingeniis demoliebantur, eo scilice t
modo, vt loca montium magis ruinosa introëuntes, eadem malleis, dolabris, Instrumenta ruinæ faciendæ.
cuneis, cætesrisque instrumentis ad lapides excidendos, murosque demoliendos accommodis
validissima manu perfregerint, aut si spelunca fuit naturalem habens concavitatem,
vsum similium instrumentorum sensim eius fastigia ex ea parte præciderint, qua
præsidiorum fundamenta denudarentur, erectas trabes ex ordine subiicientes, quibus Trabes submissæ muris.
murorum innixa moles sustineretur, ne statim compages ipsa corrueret, aut dissolveretur.
Vt autem decisorum atque cadentium lapidum fragor haud exaudiretur, ex
altera arcium parte armatis turmis cum clamore, & strepitu horridiorem, vel fimulatione, Stratagema.
vel serio inlerebant insultum. Verum vbi iam murus eo spatio, quo supra Murus pendulus.
specum porrigebatur, pendulus totus est factus, ita vt lignis duntaxat incumberet,
aridiore vndequaque collecta materia, igneque injecto confestim ipsa sustentacula correptaSustentacula arcium arte supposita comburuntur.
perfringebantur, & imposito ponderi concessere. Præsidii autem pars omnis,
quæ tignis sublevata detinebatur, in vacuum collabendo subsedit, turresque ea e regione
& propugnacula celerrime a cætera compagine divulsa, in declive deferebantur,
foribus atque portis arctissime cohærentibus, simili ruina concussis: quibus artibusAgathius
etsi Agathius de bellis Gothorum Narseti talia conanti, nihil præter damna adversusNarses.
Gothos expugnandos cessisse commemorat, eo quod Gothi in vnum coeuntes
valide se tuebantur: in Gothicis tamen regnis maxima pars hostium, sive domestica,
sive foranea hæc fuerit, hoc igneo commento deletur, prout olim potentissima
præsidia sub variis temporibus, & tyrannis funditus sunt eversa, forte quia


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