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    Hi all,

    Can someone help me with the following sentence?

    In 458 BC, the Romans were fighting the Aequians and the Sabines. The consul Minucius Esquilinus had led an army to fight the Sabines and Aequians. However, Minucius's army had been trapped by the Aequians in the Alban Hills, and was attempting to fight off a siege.

    What does the phrase with bold mean????????
    Thus "was attempting to fight off a siege."

    Does it mean that, they try to fight bach as hard as they can?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mouse chuot View Post
    Hi all,

    Can someone help me with the following sentence?

    In 458 BC, the Romans were fighting the Aequians and the Sabines. The consul Minucius Esquilinus had led an army to fight the Sabines and Aequians. However, Minucius's army had been trapped by the Aequians in the Alban Hills, and was attempting to fight off a siege.

    What does the phrase in bold mean????????
    Thus "was attempting to fight off a siege."

    Does it mean that, they try to fight back as hard as they can?


    TIAFYH


    If an army lays siege to a city, the soldiers surround the city and allow nothing in or out, thus hoping the defenders will surrender before they starve to death. If the defenders do nothing, they will eventually starve, so they have to try to break out and attempt to fight off the siege.


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    Default Re: What does this mean?

    Siege is an attack against an enclosed defensive position.

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    Hi buggles,

    As i can understand from our example, it means that they try to fight to break the line or surrounding. Thus in this case
    a Siege means a surrounding.

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    Default Re: What does this mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mouse chuot View Post
    Hi buggles,

    As i can understand from our example, it means that they try to fight to break the line or surrounding. Thus in this case
    a Siege means a surrounding.

    Sorry, but no, it doesn't!

    A siege is more than that - it's a surrounding with the express intention of starving your trapped enemy into submission. Think of the seige of Troy, which was only ended when the Greeks got into the city in the wooden horse of Troy.

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    Default Re: What does this mean?

    Minucius's army is indeed fighting to prevent themselves being forced into a siege position.

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