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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book The City Besieged: Siege and Its Manifestations in the Ancient Near East. To date, there has only been limited discussion of the phenomenon of siege warfare in the ancient Near East. This book differs from its predecessors primarily in the underlying approach. It is contended that the phenomenon of siege warfare is extremely complex and cannot be properly perceived or understood without familiarity with the range of facets involved and an awareness that these facets were all simultaneously present. Accordingly, the picture presented in this book has been expanded to include various aspects relating to siege warfare: military, economic, legal, social and literary. This approach is vital to the understanding of the phenomenon in concrete and abstract terms alike.

Keywords: ancient Near East; siege warfare

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