Siege Warfare in the Roman World

Siege Warfare in the Roman World

146 BC–AD 378

Elite 126
  • Author: Duncan B Campbell
  • Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • Short code: ELI 126
  • Publication Date: 8 May 2005
  • ISBN: 9781841767826
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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About this Product

Sieges were often pivotal in Rome's wars, including its conflicts with the Macedonians and Carthaginians in the 2nd century BC; the civil wars of the Republic; and the late Roman wars against the Sassanid Persians, who, alone amongst Rome's adversaries, were equally skilled in siegecraft. This book discusses the siege techniques employed by Roman armies and their opponents throughout the Republic and Empire. It shows that although the 1st century AD has long been considered the golden age of siegecraft, followed by a decline, new and effective siege techniques were in fact used in the following centuries.

Biographical Note

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 PhD. His work has appeared in several international journals over the years, and he has written several books for Osprey including Elite 121: Ancient Siege Warfare. He lives near the Antonine Wall in Scotland with his wife and son. Adam Hook studied graphic design and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specialises in detailed historical reconstructions and has illustrated over 25 Osprey titles on the Aztecs, the Greeks, the American Civil War and the American Revolution. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.


Introduction Siegecraft in the early first century BC Siegecraft in the later first century BC Siegecraft in the early Roman empire Siegecraft in the middle Roman empire Siegecraft in the later Roman empire Conclusion

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