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By Paul K. Davis

From precedent days to the current, nice sieges have had a huge influence at the shaping of worldwide historical past. Now, during this excellent, fully-illustrated quantity, 100 of the world's so much huge and mind-boggling sieges are specified by detail.Besieged covers an important sieges from around the globe all through historical past - from Joshua's attack on Jericho within the 15th century B.C. to the Russian assault at the Chechen capital of Grozny on the finish of the 20th. each one access offers the identify and date of the siege, its exactlocation by way of latest international, the variety of forces engaged, while identified, the names of the commanders on both sides, and the final significance of the siege in its historic context. completely reading the activities of either the attackers and the defenders, the e-book explores the motivations ofboth, and strategically surveys the technical and tactical options and prerequisites either within besieged positions and within the besiegers' ranks. The entries element the historic surroundings, the actual conditions of the development itself, and the long term result of the siege. those rivetingaccounts are superior by way of illustrations, over seventy maps, and references for additional analyzing. A word list and a finished index entire the book.Global in scope, and with stirring money owed of widely used sieges in addition to many lesser identified conflicts, Besieged is key studying for army buffs and everybody drawn to how the fashionable international got here to be.

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And what was the truth? That Servilia's brother Caepio was only her half brother: in reality he was the first child her mother had borne to that upstart Cato Salonianus, though at the time she had still been married to Servilia's father. Who found himself with a cuckoo in the Servilius Caepio nest, a tall, long-necked, red-haired cuckoo with a nose which proclaimed to all of Rome whose child he was. Now that Caepio was a man of thirty, his true origins were known to everyone in Rome who mattered.

He has a nephew almost as old as he is, Balbus Minor, who is his partner. They did a lot of work for Pompeius Magnus when he was in Spain, and now they seem to own most of Gades. What the elder Balbus doesn't know about banking and other things fiscal doesn't matter. It goes without saying that the public purse was a shambles. But thanks to Balbus Major, I tidied it up splendidly. " Caesar shrugged, looked wry. " "Friendship," said Aurelia, "goes both ways. You know more individuals than the rest of noble Rome put together, but you let no Roman of your own class draw too close to you.

It is the height of folly to make a fool of a man in front of his peers by nicknaming him the Flea. " "What ridiculous nonsense! It happened ten years ago, when both of them were mere youths," said Aurelia. "Come now, you're well aware how sensitive tiny little men are to canards based on their size," said Terentia. "You're from an old political family, Aurelia. Politics is all about a man's public image. Your son injured Bibulus's public image. People still call him the Flea. " Aurelia asked, lips set.

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