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catapult builder dionysius of Syracuse

The catapult was invented in 399 B.C. by an elder in a Greek city called Syracuse (SEER-ah-kyus).

His name was Dionysius. (dye-oh-NYE-shus.)

(B.C. means "Before Christ" or "Before the Common Era," meaning before we started counting years UP. Basically, to give you an idea of how long ago this was, your great-great-... (you'll need 96 greats) ... -grandfather might have been there to say "Wow! Cool catapult, Dio."

And Dionysius might have said: "I'm going to invent a way to throw rocks and even Mommy can't get mad at me! So there, enemies! I'll call it... the catapult!"


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