- Aug 2006
Pretty good general consensus that the flaming arrow is a Hollywood effect and not actually realistic. The same goes to flaming projectiles fired from catapults. Rotting, plague ridden corpses and long deceased livestock were a much more common source of munition than were flaming objects. The most common, obviously, was rocks. Boulders would be hurled at walls, or what the Romans did was create shot, weighed and measured, so that each volley from the catapult would hit the same location as the last one. Catapults in sieges were generally rare though. Most were simple operations of starvation. Hollywood likes fire though, it makes battles look really good, instead of really realistic, which in my opinion is good.