siege of Syracuse


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Related to siege of Syracuse: battle of Cynoscephalae, battle of Issus
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Noun1.siege of Syracuse - the Roman siege of Syracuse (214-212 BC) was eventually won by the Romans who sacked the city (killing Archimedes)
Sicilia, Sicily - the largest island in the Mediterranean
2.siege of Syracuse - the Athenian siege of Syracuse (415-413 BC) was eventually won by Syracuse
Sicilia, Sicily - the largest island in the Mediterranean
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During the siege of Syracuse (214-212 BC) Archimedes used an array of mirrors to focus the sun's rays on the attacking ships, and set them ablaze, and this early solar weapon was even reconstructed in 1973 by a Greek scientist who used 70 mirrors to train the heat of the sun onto a rowing boat, which burst into flames.
Dan Armstrong: "The Eyes of Archimedes" (2014), a historical novel about the Greek mathematician and his slave during the Roman siege of Syracuse, and "The Open Secret" (2014), a collection of short stories; 11:30 a.m.
He presents exceptionally clear descriptions of arcane and complex subjects despite wandering off on tangents--such as the page on the siege of Syracuse in the Second Punic War.