, also Phalarica
was an ancient Iberian ranged pole weapon
which were sometime used as an incendiary weapon
The Falarica was a heavy javelin
with a long , thin iron
head of about 90 centimeters in length attached to a wooden shaft of about equal length. The iron head had a narrow sharp tip, which made the falarica an excellent armour-piercing weapon.
The Iberians used to bind combustible material to the metal shaft of the weapon and use the falarica as an incendiary projectile. The incendiary javelin would hit the shields
or siege works of the enemy often setting them ablaze.
The falarica could also be launched by the use of spear throwers
or siege engines
to increase its range and velocity.
<blockquote>"the besieged were protected and the enemy kept away from the gates by the falarica, which many arms at once were wont to to poise... when hurled like a thunderbolt from the topmost walls of the citadel, it clove the furrowed air with a flickering flame, even as a fiery meteor speeding from heaven to earth dazzles mens eyes with its blood red tail... and when in flight it struck the side of a huge tower, it kindled a fire which burnt until all of the woodwork of the tower was utterly consumed"
Falarica comes from either ancient Greek phalòs
(φαλòς), because it came out of a phala
(an ancient round tower posted on cities' walls and was used to fire... Read More