The Battering Ram

Masada Project

Made using LEGO® blocks.

What is a Battering Ram?

The Roman battering rams were sometimes called 'Aries' (meaning ram).  To put it simply, they were just long wooden beams, usually a trunk, with a metal tip that is swung quickly back and forth to destroy defenses.

In the attack on Masada, the rock fortress of the Jews, a battering ram was moved up a ramp to destroy the outer wall so that the legion could enter.

This ram has the key components that were used back in the day - a heavy, big ‘log’ to bash things, suspension cables or ropes to hold the log up, and even a decorative ram head (mine isn't quite a ram head, but let’s imagine that it is).


Because the model is just plastic, it’s not going to be able to penetrate an actual defensive wall like the Romans could. But it can knock down a Lego wall at least. As you can see, this battering ram takes the yellow Lego wall down, just like at Masada, where their ram took the Jewish wall down and led to the ultimate demise of the Jews on Masada.

Eleazar stands atop a stone model of the fortress of Masada but the Romans are coming soon.


The quick and forceful swinging motion back and forth the soldiers would do would knock down the wall and let the Romans pile in. As Julius would say, "veni, vidi, vici". Even though they didn't actually kill or conquer anybody, due to the fact that all the Jews were already dead. But the battering ram was still a powerful siege weapon that could easily penetrate fortifications. And remember kids, don't try this at home.

Works Cited

  • Humphrey, John W. Oleson, John P. Sherwood, Andrew N. "Greek and Roman Technology: A Sourcebook". Routledge, 1998, p. 566.
  • Richmond, I. A. The Roman Siege-works of Mas̀àda, Israel. London: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, 1962. Print.
  • Oxford Reference. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2015. <>
  • Gilliver, C.M. (1999). The Roman Art of War. Charleston, SC: Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-1939-0
  • "All About Battering Rams." All About Battering Rams. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Mar. 2015. <>.

Comment Stream

3 years ago

I love the way you used the Legos here! Since your project's subject is pretty straight-forward, it would be nice to add a little more detail about other times/places where battering rams were used, maybe how they have evolved and/or are still used today to provide a little more detail.