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The city besieged : siege and its manifestations in the ancient Near East /

Exploring the military, legal, social and literary aspects of ancient warfare, this book examines the multifaceted nature of the siege phenomenon in the ancient Near East. It incorporates lexical study and military thinking and focuses on the technology of warfare and human behavior in a state of em...

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Main Author: Ephal, Israel.
Format: eBook
Language: English
Published: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2009.
Series: Culture and history of the ancient Near East ; v. 36.
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Table of Contents:
  • Ch 1 Introduction
  • What is siege warfare
  • Purpose of the book and method of discussion
  • Ch 2 Sources
  • Literary sources
  • Non-literary documents
  • Artistic representations of siege warfare
  • Archaeological evidence
  • Ch 3 Military aspects
  • Blockade
  • Breakthrough
  • Ch 4 Legal and economic aspects
  • Introduction
  • Babylonian siege documents
  • Documents of siege and hardship from Emar
  • Legal significance of the hardship formulae
  • "Charitable deeds"
  • Ch 5 Social aspects
  • Between man and God
  • Public life.