Greek and Roman Siege Machinery 399 BC-AD 363 (Paperback)
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Short Description for Greek and Roman Siege Machinery 399 BC-AD 363 This volume covers such great events as the Siege of Syracuse and the Roman siege of Masada. It traces the development of siege-towers and battering-rams from the Carthaginian invasion of Sicily in the late 5th century to the fall of the Roman Empire.
- Published: 20 June 2003
- Format: Paperback 48 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781841766058 ISBN 10: 1841766054
- Sales rank: 560,106
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Siege machinery first appeared in the West during the Carthaginian invasion of Sicily in the late 5th century BC, in the form of siege-towers and battering rams. After a 50-year hiatus they re-appeared in the Macedonian armies of Philip II and Alexander the Great, a period that saw the height of the machinery's development in the Ancient World. Experience of Carthaginian practice during the later 3rd century, and familiarity with the operations of Philip V of Macedon during the early-2nd century, prompted the introduction of the siege-tower and the battering-ram to Roman siegecraft. This title traces the development and use of these weapons across the whole of this period.