Greek Fortifications of Asia Minor 500-130 BC: From the Persian Wars to the Roman Conquest

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Sandwiched between the heart of ancient Greece and the lands of Persia, the Greek cities of Western Anatolia provided the spark that ignited some of the greatest conflicts of the ancient world. Repeatedly fought over during the 5th century BC, the Persian conquest of these cities provided a casus belli for Alexander the Great to cross the Hellespont in 334 BC, meet the Persians at the battle of Granicus, and lay siege to the cities of Miletus and Halicarnassus. With their defences built and developed over ...

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Overview

Sandwiched between the heart of ancient Greece and the lands of Persia, the Greek cities of Western Anatolia provided the spark that ignited some of the greatest conflicts of the ancient world. Repeatedly fought over during the 5th century BC, the Persian conquest of these cities provided a casus belli for Alexander the Great to cross the Hellespont in 334 BC, meet the Persians at the battle of Granicus, and lay siege to the cities of Miletus and Halicarnassus. With their defences built and developed over centuries of warfare, these fortified cities illustrate both the evolution of Greek fortification techniques and the influences of the turbulent region they bordered.

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"This work is an excellent introduction to the region including adequate maps for the reader to locate sites and regions described by the author... The history section for the sites is good and the author provides a list of  sites with descriptions plus a useful summary chart...this is a good readable book covering a period where some other authors have overwhelmed their readers with terms, descriptions, and foreign names." - J. E. Kauffman, Site-O.net / siteo.net (February 2010)

"The interplay between resources and threats, and the response to changing military technology, makes for a fascinating study of early fortifications... well-written, and like all the volumes in the series, profusely illustrated. It is recommended to anyone seriously interested in the history of fortifications, and defensive response to changing levels and threats." -Bolling Smith, Coast Defense Journal (March 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846034152
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Series: Fortress Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chronology 8

The Principles of Defence 12

Types of fortification

Methods of construction

Design and Development 17

Curtains

Towers

Gates and posterns

A Tour of the Sites 25

Perge

Side

Sillyon

The Sites at War 35

Aftermath 46

The Sites Today 48

A Summary of Greek Fortifications in Asia Minor 60

Glossary 61

Bibliography and Further Reading 63

Index 64

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