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Author Philo, of Byzantium, author.

Title Philo Mechanicus : on sieges, translated with introduction and commentary / David Whitehead.

Published Stuttgart : Franz Steiner Verlag, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  355.44093 PHIL    AVAILABLE
Physical description 510 pages ; 25 cm.
Series Alte Geschichte (Stuttgart, Germany)
Historia (Wiesbaden, Germany). Einzelschriften, 0341-0056 ; Band 243.
Alte Geschichte (Stuttgart, Germany)
Historia (Wiesbaden, Germany). Einzelschriften ; Heft 243. 0341-0056.
Notes Original text in Greek, translation, introduction and commentary in English.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 439-445) and indexes.
Summary "Towards the end of the second century BCE Philo of Byzantium, a.k.a. Philo Mechanicus, wrote what is held to be the first Engineering Compendium, in eight or nine parts. Three concern warfare, viewed theoretically: a technical treatise on catapult-design (Belopoiika), and two associated ones which survive only in (lengthy) epitome. United here under the title On Sieges, Paraskeuastika and Poliorketika address broader aspects of siege-warfare. First and primarily, withstanding a siege is the objective: cities must design and build towers, walls and gates in the most suitable way, stockpile and manage food and other strategic commodities, and resist a direct assault by men and machines. Then more briefly the perspective is reversed, with those who wish to conduct such an attack shown how to do so successfully.This is the work's first-ever complete translation into English, preceded by an Introduction on the writer and his work. The Commentary - the first since Garlan's in 1972 - aims to elucidate the multifarious matters arising: issues of text, translation, vocabulary, idiom; themes in the poliorcetic genre; archaeological and other substantive contexts." --back cover.
Language notes Text mainly in English, with original passages in Greek.
Other author Whitehead, David, 1949- writer of introduction, writer of added commentary, translator.
Subject Philo, of Byzantium.
Siege warfare -- History.
Catapult -- Design and construction.
Standard Number 9783515113434
ISBN 9783515113434