Ancient Warfare XIV.3

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A sturdy set of walls is a powerful deterrent: that's why ancient empires devoted so much time to understanding how to best build (and break down) these defensive structures.

Theme: Ancient sieges and fortifications

  • Sean Manning, 'A city-breaching buddy system - Assyrian battering rams'.
  • Gabriel Baker, 'The destruction of fortifications - "Tear it down!"'.
  • Stephen DeCasien, 'Naval siege machinery in action - Besieging Rhodes by sea'.
  • Vedran Bileta, 'The Claustra Alpium Iuliarum - Protecting the heart of the Empire'.


  • Owen Rees, 'The ancient lineage of the unknown warrior - To the glorious dead'.
  • Jo Ball, 'A Roman pay-record from Masada (P. Yadin 722) - Money and the milites'.
  • Duncan B Campbell, 'Priests in the Roman army - Taking the auspices'.
  • Martine Diepenbroek, 'Secret communications in antiquity - The Spartan Scytale'.
  • Mike Bishop, 'The travelling Eighth - The Tyne shield boss'.
  • Murray Dahm, 'Dance training in Greek warfare - Footloose hoplites'.

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