The treatise ‘How to Survive Under Siege’ by Aineias Tacticus, is among the earliest treatises to survive from the genre of didactic military literature. Its author was regarded as the pre-eminent authority on military science in subsequent centuries because he wrote many other works. None of these survive. This single surviving treatise (although incomplete) covers nearly everything that a city need do in order to survive a siege by an enemy. Many of Aineias’ precepts for defence (both physical and psychological) have been followed (and are still being followed) in sieges of all kinds throughout history. Yet most adherents to Aineias’ advice have probably never heard of him, let alone read him. So, who was he and what does he advise?
This episode was written by Ancient Warfare Podcast regular Murray Dahm.
Murray is an ancient and medieval military historian from New Zealand, living in Australia. He has written more than 100 articles on various aspects of ancient and medieval military history, as well as other historical topics from all periods (ranging from the history of opera to the runic alphabet and recipients of the Victoria Cross). He is the author of COMBAT 40: Macedonian Phalangite vs Persian Warrior: Alexander confronts the Achaemenids, 334-331 BC from Osprey publishing.