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Military Aspects

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The imposition of a blockade on a city is intended to cut it off from supplies of food, water and war material, as well as to prevent the entrance of reinforcements and relief and the evacuation of the non-combatant population, whose presence in the city hampers its ability to withstand attack. Most military organizations in the ancient Near East did not have their own naval forces; consequently, their ability to impose a naval siege was limited, even nonexistent in practice, unless they had other naval fleets available. Once the attackers decided to break into the city without waiting for the results of blockade, penetration could be achieved by three methods: through the wall, beneath the wall or over it. This chapter presents the basic characteristics of these three routes. The methods of breakthrough are listed in the order of their preference from the attackers' standpoint.

Keywords: ancient Near East; military organizations; naval forces; naval siege

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