Siege warfare

Louis Rawlings

in The Ancient Greeks at War

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780719056574
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700839 | DOI:
Siege warfare

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This chapter focuses on the history of siege warfare in ancient Greece. The techniques of siege warfare began to develop once states such as Athens and Syracuse acquired the institutional, economic and logistical structures to prosecute sieges to their conclusion. In the fifth century, Athens became apparently the foremost exponent of siege warfare in the Aegean region, capable of removing Persian garrisons from bases across the Aegean and beyond, such as the strongly fortified Sestus and Eion. After the Peloponnesian War, the techniques and technology of siege warfare continued to develop and the fourth century saw the first systematic use by the Greeks of mechanised projectile launchers.

Keywords: siege warfare; ancient Greece; Athens; Syracuse; Aegean region; Peloponnesian War; projectile launchers; Sestus; Eion

Chapter.  7763 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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