Greek and Roman Siege Machinery 399 BC–AD 363

Greek and Roman Siege Machinery 399 BC–AD 363

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  • Author: Duncan B Campbell
  • Illustrator: Brian Delf
  • Short code: NVG 78
  • Publication Date: 20 Jun 2003
  • ISBN: 9781841766058
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

Siege machinery first appeared in the West during the Carthaginian invasion of Sicily in the late-5th century BC, in the form of siege towers and battering rams. After a 50-year hiatus these weapons of war re-appeared in the Macedonian armies of Philip II and Alexander the Great, a period that saw the height of their development in the Ancient World. The experience of warfare with both the Carthaginians during the later-3rd century BC, and Philip V of Macedon during the early-2nd century BC, finally prompted the introduction of the siege tower and the battering ram to the Roman arsenal. This title traces the development and use of these weapons across the whole of this period.

Biographical Note

Dr Duncan B Campbell is a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman warfare. He published his first paper in 1984, as an undergraduate at Glasgow University, and produced a complete re-assessment of Roman siegecraft for his Ph.D. Over the years, his work has appeared in several international journals. He lives near the Antonine Wall in Scotland with his wife and son.Brian Delf began his career working in a London art studio producing artwork for advertising and commercial publications. Since 1972, he has worked as a freelance illustrator on a variety of subjects including natural history, architecture and technical cutaways. Some of his recently illustrated books have been published in over thirty countries. Brian lives and works in Oxfordshire.

Contents

Introduction Wheeled Towers (the siege-tower, the Helepolis of Epimachus, the Helepolis of Posidonius) Tortoises (the 'ditch-filling' tortoise, the 'digging' tortoise, the ram-tortoise, the 'borer', Hegetor's ram-tortoise) Ancillary machines (the 'sambuca', the 'tolleno') Roman Siege Machinery (the siege-tower, the ram-tortoise, miscellaneous shelters) Colour plate commentary

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