by Paul Bentley Kern
Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1999. xx 419 pp.
Illus, diagr, maps, motes, biblio., index. $35.00. ISBN:0-253-33546-9
A comprehensive survey of sieges from the Egyptians to the Romans. Although much will be familiar to the veteran student of military history, the author provides some interesting insights into the treatment of captives, the distribution of plunder, and such other often overlooked aspects of siege warfare, and discusses the differing cultural patterns which influenced these practices.