Ancient Siege Warfare

Persians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans 546–146 BC

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Ancient Siege Warfare

Persians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans 546–146 BC

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Sieges played a central role in many conflicts of the ancient world and generals, including Darius, Alexander the Great, Hannibal and Scipio Africanus successfully used siegecraft to gain their objectives. As siege tactics became integral to success in war, generals employed the minds of engineers and scientists to develop tactics which ranged from penetrating the defences or blockading the city through to tricks and deception. This fascinating study tracks developments in siege warfare from Ancient Persia in the 6th century BC through to the Roman sieges of the second century BC, describing the range of equipment and techniques which evolved during this period.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Siege Warfare of the Achaemenid Persians · Siege Warfare in Classical Greece · Siege Warfare in the time of Dionysius I · Macedonian Siege Warfare · Hellenistic Siege Warfare · Siege Warfare during the Roman Republic · Epilogue · Further Reading · Plate commentary

Product details

Published Jan 01 2005
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841767703
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 60 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Elite
Short code ELI 121
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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