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Ancient Greek Fortifications 500-330 BC

Ancient Greek Fortifications 500-330 BC

Paperback Fortress

By (author) Nic Fields, Illustrated by Brian Delf

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 184mm x 242mm x 6mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841768847
  • ISBN 13: 9781841768847
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: col and b/w illus
  • Sales rank: 577,501

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The development of the city-state in the Classical period of Greek history ensured a shift in the nature of fortifications in the region. No longer were fortresses designed to defend a ruler and his entourage, rather the whole of the citizen body had to be protected against any outside threats. The enceintes of these Greek city-states did not have to be very high or strong as city-state conflict was still decided by spear and shield, though some thought was still given to the science of fortification. This book details the construction and ongoing development of the defences that protected some of the most illustrious sites in Greece during the most famous period of her history.

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Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. Having left the military, he went back to University and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School at Athens, Greece, and then a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Nic is now a freelance author and researcher based in south-west France.