We may also see the testudo, formed by soldiers putting their shields together in a compact mass over their backs.
An English lute with a double neck (testudo theorbata) made about 1650.
At the first hour of the day a cohort advanced in slow march on the ground thus made, forming the testudo (Fig. 13).
The word for lyre in Greek (χέλυς) and in Latin (testudo) means also a tortoise.
The vinea and testudo, the catapult onager and balista, were as well known in the tenth century as in the first.
It was a gigantic tortoise—a specimen of testudo elephantopus—a huge cumbersome brute.
Hibbard's testudo riggsi (Hibbard, 1944) is the best known of these smaller turtles.
Mr. Lydekker prefers to drop the generic term Colossochelys, and call it testudo Atlas.
The sow was a military engine, resembling the Roman testudo.
The testudo, a wooden shelter, was also used, large enough to contain several men.