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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 period.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781846030192
ISBN-10: 1846030196
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 198mm x 25mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - 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, Scotland.

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