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The Landscape of Siege
October 24, 2019
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Mississippi/Memphis
Lecturer: Gwyn Davies
Competence in siege warfare was an important skill-set for the commanders of classical armies with many campaigns requiring the active reduction of strongly-held centers of determined resistance. Among the challenges faced by assailants were the topographic and environmental factors that had to be addressed in order to mount an effective siege. This paper will discuss how the landscapes of siege both informed the tactical approaches adopted by besiegers in the choice of siege structures and the modalities of assault and more broadly, in the logistical preparations necessary to prosecute these operations in the first place.