Siege Warfare in the Roman World: 146 BC-AD 378

Overview

Osprey's study of various sieges in Rome, from 146 BC to 378 AD. Sieges were often pivotal in Rome’s wars, including its conflicts with the Macedonians and Carthaginians in the 2nd century BC; the civil wars of the Republic; and the late Roman wars against the Sassanid Persians, who, alone amongst Rome’s adversaries, were equally skilled in siegecraft. This book discusses the siege techniques employed by Roman armies and their opponents throughout the Republic and Empire. It shows that although the 1st ...
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Overview

Osprey's study of various sieges in Rome, from 146 BC to 378 AD. Sieges were often pivotal in Rome’s wars, including its conflicts with the Macedonians and Carthaginians in the 2nd century BC; the civil wars of the Republic; and the late Roman wars against the Sassanid Persians, who, alone amongst Rome’s adversaries, were equally skilled in siegecraft. This book discusses the siege techniques employed by Roman armies and their opponents throughout the Republic and Empire. It shows that although the 1st century AD has long been considered the golden age of siegecraft, followed by a decline, new and effective siege techniques were in fact used in the following centuries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841767826
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/8/2005
  • Series: Elite Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 873,707
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

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 PhD. His work has appeared in several international journals over the years, and he has written several books for Osprey including Elite 121: Ancient Siege Warfare. He lives near the Antonine Wall in Scotland with his wife and son.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Siege Warfare in the Late Second Century BC 5
The eastern Mediterranean, 163-133 BC
Rome's Spanish campaigns, 153-134 BC
The siege of Numantia, 133 BC
Siege Warfare in the Age of Marius and Sulla 13
The war against Jugurtha, 111-105 BC
The sieges of the Italian Wars, 91-88 BC and 83-80 BC
Sulla and Mithridates, 88-85 BC
Lucullus, Pompey and Mithridates, 74-71 BC
Siege Warfare in the Late Republic 19
Caesar's Gallic sieges, 57-51 BC
The siege of Alesia, 52 BC
The sieges of the civil wars 49-31 BC
Rules of siegecraft?
Siege Warfare During the Principate 31
The Jewish War, AD 66-74
The siege of Masada, AD 74
Sieges of the second century AD
Sieges of the third century AD
The Elements of Roman Siegecraft 50
The encampment
The circumvallation
The siege embankment
Siege machinery
Epilogue 56
The siege warfare of Rome's enemies
Siege warfare in the fourth century
Further Reading 59
Select Bibliography 60
Colour Plate Commentary 61
Index 64
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