Synopses & Reviews
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 these weapons of war re-appeared in the Macedonian armies of Philip II and Alexander the Great, a period that saw the height of their development in the Ancient World. The experience of warfare with both the Carthaginians during the later-3rd century BC, and Philip V of Macedon during the early-2nd century BC, finally prompted the introduction of the siege tower and the battering ram to the Roman arsenal. This title traces the development and use of these weapons across the whole of this period.
From the first use of siege towers and battering rams during the Carthaginian invasion of Sicily to the introduction of similar machinery in Roman siegecraft, this book charts the evolution of early Western siege technology.
From the first use of siege towers and battering rams during the Carthaginian invasion of Sicily, through the re-appearance of siege weaponry in the arsenal of Philip II and Alexander the Great, to the introduction of similar machinery in Roman siegecraft, this book charts the evolution of early Western siege technology.
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.
Design, development and operation of the machinery of war. Each book examines some of the most significant mechanical innovations in the history of land and sea warfare, describing their history, design and deployment. Cutaway artwork reveals the inner workings and construction of each subject.
About 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 Ph.D. Over the years, his work has appeared in several international journals. He lives near the Antonine Wall in Scotland with his wife and son.