There is something alluring about ancient methods of warfare that
have been made obsolete by this modern era of computers and
machines. Before the days of tanks and machine guns, there were
scaling ladders, battering rams, siege towers, throwing machines
and bores. Weapons such as these symbolize power, protection,
control, and defiance. "Ancient and Medieval Siege Weapons" allows
readers to actually re-create their own medieval weapons with
clear, step-by-step instructions. Military history buffs can find
siege weapons of Ancient Egypt, Judea, Assyria, Persia, Greece, and
Rome, as well as those of the Gauls and Teutons, the Byzantine
Empire, the Muslim World, and Medieval Europe, all described with
incredible detail and accompanied by illustrations and photographs.
Konstantin Nossov offers new ways to reconstruct various siege
weapons that are based on his analyses of the works of ancient and
medieval authors, including: Vitruvius, Vegetius, Apollodorus,
Athenaeus, Heron, Biton, Philon, and many others. With chapters
covering the history of siege warfare, siege weapons, different
stratagems and methods of attack and defence, readers will not only
walk away with ideas of how to recreate siege weapons, they'll also
take with them a better understanding of history from ancient times
through the end of the fifteenth century AD.
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