Focus on Fortifications [Hardback]

Rune Frederiksen (Editor); Silke Muth (Editor); Peter Schneider (Editor); Mike Schnelle (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781785701313 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Fokus Fortifikation Studies | Volume: 2 | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 624p, H275 x W210 (mm)




Focus on Fortifications

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With a collection of 57 articles in English, French and German, presenting the most recent research on ancient fortifications, this book is the most substantial publication ever to have issued on the topic for many years. While fortifications of the ancient cultures of the middle east and ancient Greek and Roman worlds were noticed by travellers and scholars from the very beginning of research on antiquity from the late 18th century onwards, the architectural, economic, logistical, political, urban and other social aspects of fortifications have been somewhat overlooked and underestimated by scholarship in the 20th century. The book presents the research of a new generation of scholars who have been analysing those aspects of fortifications, many of them with years of experience in field-work on city walls. Much new evidence and a fresh look at this important category of built structure is now made available, and the publication will be of interest not only to the field of ancient architecture, but also to other sub-disciplines of archaeology and ancient history.
 
The papers were presented at a conference in Athens in December 2012, and they all present material and discuss topics under seven headings that represent the most central themes in the study of fortification in antiquity: the origins of fortification, physical surroundings and building technique, function and semantics, historical context, the fortification of regions and regionally confined phenomena, the fortifications of Athens and new field research.
 
The book is Volume 2 in the new series Fokus Fortifikation Studies, created by the German based international research network Fokus Fortifikation. The topics included have been identified by the network over many previous conferences and workshops as being the most important and as needing research and discussion beyond the network members. Volume 1 in the series, Ancient Fortifications: a compendium of theory and practice (Oxbow Books) will also appear in 2015 and together the two volumes bring the field of fortification studies up-to-date and will be an essential resource for many years to come.
 
 

Table of Contents

Rune Frederiksen, Silke Müth, Peter Schneider and Mike Schnelle
Preface……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ??
Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………….. ??
Pierre Leriche
What Does Studying Ancient Fortifications Mean?...............................………. ??
 
Origins of Fortifications
Rune Frederiksen and Mike Schnelle
Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………….. ??
Pascal Butterlin and Sébastien Rey
Mari and the Development of Complex Defensive Systems in Mesopotamia
at the Dawn of History……………………………………………………………………………….. ??
Sébastien Rey
Mesopotamian Poliorcetics Before Assyria: Genesis of the Art of
Fortification and Siege Warfare…………………………………………………………………. ??
Nathan Morello
Building the Frontier: Frontier Fortifications in the Assyrian Empire………….. ??
Tomas Alusik
Fortifications of Prehistoric Crete: The Current State of Research……………….. ??
Stefanie Hubert
Late MH and Early LH Fortifications: Some Considerations on the Role of
Burials and Grave Monuments at City Gates………………………………………………. ??
Gabriele Cifani
The Fortifications of Archaic Rome: Social and Political Significance………….. ??
Baptiste Vergnaud
Fortifications of Central Anatolia in the Early First Millennium BC……………… ??
Mike Schnelle
Origins of Sabaean Fortifications of the Early 1st Millennium BC – Some
Suggestions to the Examples of the Cities Mārib and irwāḥ (Yemen)………… ??
 
Physical Surroundings and Technique: The Building Experience
Peter de Staebler
Physical Surroundings, Technique, and Building Experience: The State of Research in the Network Fokus Fortifikation ………..……………………………….. ??
Jean-Claude Bessac
Techniques et économie de la construction des fortifications en pierre:
méthodes et perspectives…………………………………………………………………………. ??
Tobias B. H. Helms and Jan-Waalke Meyer
Fortifying a Major Early Bronze Age Centre: The Construction and
Maintenance of Tell Chuera’s (Northern Syria) Outer Defence Works……….... ??
Turgut Saner, Kaan Sağ and Ertunç Denktaş
The Fortifications of Larisa (Buruncuk) Reconsidered…………………………………. ??
Ayşe Dalyancı-Berns and Agnes Henning
The Acropolis Wall on Monte Croccia (South Italy). Building a
Lucanian Fortification: The Economical and Representative Utilization
of the Landscape………………………………………………………………………………………… ??
 
Function and Semantics
Silke Müth
Functions and Semantics of Fortifications: An Introduction ……………………… ??
Heinz-Jürgen Beste
The Castle Euryalos of Syracuse…………………………………………………………………. ??
Jeanine Abdul Massih and Mathilde Gelin
Fortifications and Town Planning in Kyrrhos: Its Hellenistic Origin
and Its Evolution………………………………………………………………………………………… ??
Wolfram Martini
Form, Funktion und Bedeutung der Stadtmauern von Perge
in Pamphylien…………………………………………………………………………………………….. ??
Ute Lohner-Urban and Peter Scherrer
Hellenistische Prunktore – ein wissenschaftlicher Irrtum? Vorläufige
Grabungsergebnisse vom Osttor von Side aus der Kampagne 2012……………. ??
Klaus Freyberger
The Function and Significance of Fortified Sanctuary Precincts in the
Eastern Mediterranean World during the Hellenistic and Roman Periods…… ??
Timm Radt
Fortified Palaces and Residences in Hellenistic Times: The Upper Castle
on Mount Karasis and Other Examples……………………………………………………….. ??
Jessica Böttcher-Ebers
Zur semantischen Funktion des Bogens im Stadttorbau. Ein Vergleich
zwischen republikanischen und hellenistischen Stadttoren…………………………. ??
Saskia Stevens
Candentia Moenia. The Symbolism of Roman City Walls……………………………… ??
Melanie Jonasch
The Fortification of Secondary Settlements in Late Roman Gaul…………………… ??
Gerda Sommer von Bülow
The Two Defensive Systems of the Late Roman Imperial Palace of
Romuliana-Gamzigrad (Dacia Ripensis)………………………………………………………. ??
 
Historical Context
Eric Laufer
Antike Befestigungsbauten im historischen Kontext. Ein Diskussionsbeitrag
des Netzwerks ,Fokus Fortifikation‘…………………………………………………………….. ??
Pierre Ducrey
Defence, Attack and the Fate of the Defeated: Reappraising
the Role of City-walls………………………………………………………………………………….. ??
Michael Kerschner
Neue Forschungen zu den Befestigungen von Ephesos in archaischer
und klassischer Zeit: Archäologischer Befund und Schriftquellen……………….. ??
Tymon de Haas and Peter Attema
The Pontine Region Under the Early Republic: A Contested Landscape……… ??
Christian Winkle
Römisch-italische Stadtmauern der Mittleren Republik: Funktion und
Semantik. Eine quellenkritische Untersuchung zu Livius…………………………….. ??
Isabelle Pimouguet-Pédarros and Nevzat Çevik
Les fortifications de Myra dans la défense de la Lycie orientale………………….. ??
Caterina Parigi
The Athenian Walls in the 1st Century BC……………………………………………………. ??
Catharine Hof
The City Wall of Resafa/Sergiupolis (Syria): The Transition of a Late Roman
Representative and Permeable Town Wall over a Sturdy Fortification to an
Introverted Early Islamic Haram Enclosure………………………………………………….. ??
 
The Fortification of Regions
Sylvian Fachard
Regional Fortifications and the Fortification of Regions………………………………. ??
Claire Balandier
Étudier l’organisation défensive d’une région et son évolution: pour une
archéologie historique des fortifications. Question de méthode………………… ??
Matthieu Guintrand
Les fortifications dans le système défensif lacédémonien à
l’époque classique……………………………………………………………………………………… ??
Yannis D. Nakas
Isolated Towers in the Fortification Network of Ancient Molossia:
A Case Study………………………………………………………………………………………………. ??
Pierre Moret
Les tours isolées de l’Hispanie romaine: postes militaires
ou maisons fortes ?....................................................................................... ??
Emine Sökmen
Some Preliminary Results Regarding the Mithridatic Defence System………... ??
Douglas Underwood
City Walls as Regional and Imperial Strategy? The Case of
South Languedoc…………………………………………………………………………………………. ??
Josip Višnjić
Claustra Alpium Iuliarum: A Late Antique Defensive System in the
Northern Adriatic and Eastern Alps……………………………………………………………… ??
Mihailo Milinković
,Frühbyzantinische Befestigungen‘ als Siedlungsgrundeinheit im
Illyricum des 6. Jahrhunderts……………………………………………………………………….. ??
 
Regionally Confined Phenomena
Silke Müth
Regionally Confined Phenomena..……………………………………………… ??
Stephan G. Schmid, Caroline Huguenot and Katrin Kermas
The Fortifications of Iron Age Oppida in Southern Drôme (France) and the
Control of Their Territories…………………………………………………………………………. ??
Keven Ouellet
The City Walls of the Andrian Colonies: Tradition and Regionalism
in Military Architecture………………………………………………………………………………. ??
Britta Özen-Kleine
Das Befestigungssystem der lelego-karischen Stadt Pedasa……………………….. ??
Poul Pedersen and Ulrich Ruppe
The Fortifications at Halikarnassos and Priene:
Some Regional Characteristics?..................................................................... ??
Sophie Helas
Polygonalmauern in Mittelitalien und ihre Rezeption in mittel- und spätrepublikanischer Zeit…………………………………………………………………………… ??
Chiara Blasetti Fantauzzi
Chronologiediskurse zu den punischen und römischen
Stadtmauern Sardiniens……………………………………………………………………………… ??
Michael Eisenberg
Graeco-Roman Poliorketics and the Development of Military Architecture
in Antiochia Hippos of the Decapolis as a Test Case……………………………………. ??
Pierre Leriche and Ségolène de Pontbriand
Les Fortifications Kouchanes en Bactriane………………………………………………… ??
 
The Fortifications of Athens and New Field Research
Rune Frederiksen
Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………… ??
Anna Philippa-Touchais
The Middle Bronze Age Fortifications on the Aspis Hill at Argos…………………. ??
Konstantinos Kissas and Vassilios Tasinos
Die archaische Stadtmauer von Korinth…………………………………………………….. ??
Vassilios Lambrinoudakis and Evangelos Kazolias
Recent research in Palaiomanina, Acarnania…………………………………………….. ??
Salvatore de Vincenzo
Neue Forschungen in Eryx: Die Ausgrabungen an der Stadtmauer und
die Topographie der Stadt……………………………………………………………………….. ??
Isabella Baldini and Elisa Bazzechi
About the Meaning of Fortifications in Late Antique Cities: The Case
of Athens in Context………………………………………………………………………………… ??
Nikos Tsoniotis
The Benizeli Mansion Excavation: Latest Evidence on the Post-Herulian
Fortification Wall in Athens……………………………………………………………………… ??
 
Index…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ??
 
 

Reviews & Quotes

"…offers an impressive amount of new ideas, insights and findings… this second volume of the series as well as the first may not be missed from any library.”"
Hans Lohmann
Journal of Greek Archaeology (08/01/2018)

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