Thriving for centuries, the Phoenician settlement of Motya met its demise in a sudden attack by Dionysius I of Syracuse. This is an example of a fast-moving and well-organized campaign, as well as the fragility of ancient cities.
The First Punic War was one of the most significant conflicts in Rome’s rise to power. A lynchpin to Carthaginian control over Sicily was the city of Lilybaeum, which never fell to the Romans.
Nearly five years ago, my first book was published. Here’s a look back at the commercial edition of my PhD thesis and the lessons learned.
Before the rise of the Persian Empire, the kingdom of Lydia was the most powerful neighbour to the ancient Greeks.
Fortifications such as walls and gates seem to have had an obvious defensive purpose. But how effective were they in keeping the enemy at bay?
Anthony Snodgrass associated changes in Greek fortifications over the course of the Archaic period with the rise of the polis, i.e. the “city-state”. Does that idea have merit?
Inspired by my postdoctoral research, I wonder whether the ancient Greeks built walls around (part of) their settlements primarily out of fear of attack.