Ammianus and the Elephants: Roman-Persian Siege Warfare in the Fourth Century






Ammianus and the Elephants: Roman-Persian Siege Warfare in the Fourth Century

By Michael Stawpert

The Byzantinist – The Newsletter of the Oxford Byzantine Society, No. 1 (2011)

Introduction: Ammianus Marcellinus provides the most enthralling account of military affairs available for the fourth century. His narrative covers the crucial battles and campaigns during the reigns of the emperors from Constantius I to Valens and the disaster of Adrianople in 378. Though Ammianus provides more descriptions of the pitched battles of the period, sieges are events of major significance; the strategic importance of each site, the terror of the civilian population, the tactical ingenuity needed to unlock the defences and the heroic deeds of the defenders, heighten the drama and tension of a siege in the set piece events of Ammianus


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