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Greek and Roman Siege Machinery 399 BC-AD 363 (New Vanguard) Paperback – Illustrated, 20 Jun 2003

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841766054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841766058
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. Brian Delf began his career working in a London art studio producing artwork for advertising and commercial publications. Since 1972, he has worked as a freelance illustrator on a variety of subjects including natural history, architecture and technical cutaways. Some of his recently illustrated books have been published in over thirty countries. Brian lives and works in Oxfordshire.

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I have already reviewed Warfare in the Ancient world by Duncan Campbell. Essentially, this book is a much better look at one of the aspects covered in that overview. I recommend reading Warfare in the Ancient World first before tackling this work or its companion Greek and Roman Artillery.
For me this book is excellent. There is little that can be done to improve it; good relevant photographs; very detailed and clear colour plates; very informative text with good analysis of the subject. Rather than dismissing alternative hypotheses out of hand, Campbell gives a balanced argument for rejecting other interpretations, and his views never appear dogmatic.
I recommend this to anyone interested in ancient warfare, but it is best in conjunction with the other works by the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad 48 page introduction to the topic... 24 Sept. 2009
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This book provides a brief (48 pages, about half of which are illustration) introduction to the topic. The book provides an exposition into only those siege machines that were mentioned explicitely in the literature of antiquity. The siege machines are broken down into 5 categories, wheeled towers, tortoise sheds (basically armored cupolas intended to provide cover to those filling or digging ditches or undermining fortifications) and ancillary machines (mostly intended to undermine walls). The emphasis is on Greek siege machines but the discussion on Roman primarily emphasizes the simpler, more practical engineering used by the Romans as well as the extensive associated use of earthen ramps used by the Romans for their siege towers.

The book discribes the machines as the ancient writers described them, provides interpreations of these writings by numerous historians and then provides his own interpretation on what these machines looked like and how they were built and functioned. Very well illustrated. A very good introduction to those with only about an hour to spend and with an interest in engineering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book with lucid illustrations 18 Jan. 2014
By Karthikeyan - Published on
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Very well written and packed with illustrations. However, it is a very small book and those expecting value for their money may feel disheartened

Subject matter coverage is definitely good
4.0 out of 5 stars War Machinery 27 Dec. 2013
By Robert Notman - Published on
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Don't expect this to be an in depth book and you won't be disappointed. Still in less than 50 pages this books does bring some surprises about the Romans and their warfare. I liked it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 Feb. 2015
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Always good to read a succinct but thorough coverage of a topic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Nov. 2014
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good book
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