Ancient Warfare IV.2 (PDF)

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Battles in antiquity did not always take place on wide-open fields. Because of their strategic value and ability to control the surrounding region, cities were often high-priority targets for enemy armies. However, conquering them was not an easy task, and defenders had access to many different ways of defending their home during a siege. 

Theme: Siege warfare in the ancient world

  • Ross Cowan, 'Introduction to the theme'
  • Sean Hussmann, 'Siege warfare in Thucydides'
  • Konstantine Nossov, 'Punic fortifications'
  • Richard Evers, 'Spartan siege warfare'
  • Duncan B. Campbell, 'The Siege of Masada'
  • Paul McDonnell-Staff, 'Logistics and siege warfare'

Features

  • Stephan Berry, 'Bioarchaeology and the ancient battlefield part 2'
  • Murray Dahm, 'The debate: Clash of the phalanx'
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