Besieged: Siege Warfare in the Ancient World

Besieged: Siege Warfare in the Ancient World

Hardback General Military

By (author) Duncan B. Campbell

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 246mm x 24mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 26 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1846030196
  • ISBN 13: 9781846030192
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • Sales rank: 1,848,638

Product description

Sieges played a central role in many conflicts of the ancient world, and generals such as Darius, Alexander the Great, Hannibal and Scipio Africanus successfully used siegecraft to gain their objectives. As siege tactics became an integral part of war, generals employed the minds of engineers and scientists to develop tactics that ranged from penetrating the defences or blockading the city through tricks and deception. This fascinating book explores the development of siege warfare in the ancient world, from Ancient Persia in the 6th century BC to the 4th century Roman World, examining the techniques and weapons of this period.

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"This fascinating title examines the techniques and weapons used during the sieges in Ancient world. This book explores the development of siege warfare from Persia in the 6th century BC to the 4th century Roman world...illustrated with maps, photographs and drawings." -"Neoproprealism" (May 2008) "Lavishly illustrated, this is the best work so far on this fascinating part of ancient warfare and is an essential read for anyone interested in the distant past. Lik all Osprey titles, it is highly recommended and one that you will find as fascinating as did I." -Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com" "This well illustrated book is a must for anyone interested in siege warfare." -J.E. Kauffman, "The Coastal Defence Journal"