Greek and Roman Siege Machinery 399 BC-AD 363

Greek and Roman Siege Machinery 399 BC-AD 363

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By (author) Duncan Campbell, Illustrated by Brian Delf

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 242mm x 4mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 20 June 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841766054
  • ISBN 13: 9781841766058
  • Illustrations note: 40 b&w and 7 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 449,785

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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 they re-appeared in the Macedonian armies of Philip II and Alexander the Great, a period that saw the height of the machinery's development in the Ancient World. Experience of Carthaginian practice during the later 3rd century, and familiarity with the operations of Philip V of Macedon during the early-2nd century, prompted the introduction of the siege-tower and the battering-ram to Roman siegecraft. This title traces the development and use of these weapons across the whole of this period.

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Author information

Duncan Campbell is a Roman military specialist currently finishing a PhD on Roman siegecraft. He has been widely published in international journals (e.g., 'Bonner Jahrbucher', 'Britannia', 'Historia', 'Zeitschrift fur Papyrologie und Epigraphik'), and is a contributor to Robin Cross's 'Guinness Encyclopedia of Warfare'. Duncan 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.

Table of 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