Ancient Siege Warfare

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Indiana University Press, 1. jan. 1999 - 419 sider
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Siege warfare was the most brutal form of war in the ancient world. Typically involving whole urban societies, ancient siege warfare often ended in the sack of a city and the massacre or enslavement of entire populations. Assyrian emperors, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and the future Roman emperor Titus all commanded great sieges that ended in fearsome slaughters. This book examines the origins of such unleashed violence and shows how the methods of siege warfare devalued the skills of traditional warriors as well as the shared values of honor and prowess that limited the violence of traditional field battles.

Siege warfare was the only form of war in the ancient world in which the presence of women was common. This book pays major attention to their role in sieges, as both participants and victims, and to the way their presence affected the nature of siege warfare. The book also examines the social and moral chaos of siege warfare as the major theme in its representation in ancient literature. The Bible, Assyrian palace records, and Greek and Roman literature contain horrifying accounts of siege warfare. Ancient Hebrew prophets and Greek poets such as Homer and Euripides described it as a world without limits or structure or morality, in which men violated deep-seated taboos about sex, pregnancy, and death.

  

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The author writes similar to an action novel when depicting sieges. There are some lengthy dry moments; but overall, it is very easy to learn about this otherwise dull topic. Les hele vurderingen

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Introduction i
1
PART ONE THE ORIGINS
7
Fortifications and Siege Machinery
9
Treatment of Captured Cities
22
PART TWO THE MIDDLE EAST
27
Israel Mesopotamia and the Persians
29
Treatment of Captured Cities
62
PART THREE THE GREEKS
87
Philip II and Alexander the Great
197
Treatment of Captured Cities
227
Demetrius the Besieger
237
PART FIVE THE ROMANS
249
Early Sieges and the Punic Wars
251
The Age of Imperialism
286
Treatment of Captured Cities
323
EPILOGUE
352

Early Sieges through the Peloponnesian War
89
Treatment of Captured Cities
135
Dionysius I
163
PART FOUR THE MACEDONIANS
195

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Kern is Professor of History at Indiana University Northwest.

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