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In his view, field warfare needed to be made as scientific as siegecraft had been by Vauban.
Similarly, there are much better discussions of Mesopotamian siegecraft than that presented here in chapter eight.
However, as we saw earlier in terms of military technology and organisation, the type of troops requested also reveals that the Portuguese were well aware of the need to keep abreast of the military advances of its local enemies, and also that modern siegecraft was now an integral feature of warfare in the east.
The year 1595 was indeed eventful for Lipsius, and the letters draw the reader into these events on quite a personal level: Lipsius, as usual, is preoccupied with his publications, especially his treatise on ancient warfare, entitled De militia romana dedicated to the Spanish crown prince, the future Philip III, a work which had a very positive reception among Lipsius's humanist peers all over Europe, and its sequel, the Poliorcetica, an analysis of ancient siegecraft largely written during 1595; Lipsius is tempted by the offer of a post at the University of Bologna, but is finally dissuaded by counteroffers from his compatriots, who want to keep him in Leuven.