Besieged : Siege Warfare in the Ancient World

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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 more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 198 x 246 x 24mm | 1,020.58g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Osprey Publishing
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • 1846030196
  • 9781846030192
  • 2,320,347

About Duncan B. Campbell

Dr 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 Ph.D. His work has appeared in several international journals. He lives near the Antonine Wall in Scotland. The author lives in Glasgow, more

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This well illustrated book is a must for anyone interested in siege warfare. "J.E. Kauffman, The Coastal Defence Journal" 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,""show more