Drabiny jako urządzenia oblężnicze w kontekście starożytnej techniki walki i morale żołnierzy
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Ladders as siege engines in the context of ancient military techniques and the morale of soldiersSiege ladders which have been known from time immemorial, constituted one of the important siege engines. Relatively primitive and easy to construct and transport, they could be used instantly in the course of conquering the entrenched positions. The aim of the article is to present issues associated with the use of ladders as means of conquering the entrenched positions in the context of ancient military techniques and soldiers’ morale. In the narration, the author has chiefly made use of sources which describe the military art in the period from the 4th century BC to the 1st century A.D.; beside the historiographical accounts, an important group of sources is made up of military treatises which offer a certain insight into the military art and the issue of broadly-understood fighting spirit of the soldiers. On the basis of the gathered material, the author tries to outline the challenges which had faced the armies that made use of siege ladders and the possible benefits which could have been expected from their use.
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