History The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time  

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These are the most epic sieges in history, ranked by history buffs worldwide. Anyone can vote on this list of sieges, making it a collaborative list. So what do you think are the greatest sieges of all time? Make sure to add your own battles to these rankings if you see anything missing. Some of these famous battles are thousands of years old, but still remembered ... not for glory, but for the story they tell of humanities' epic struggles against itself.
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407 98
Sieges of Constantinople is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

2
363 115
Siege of Leningrad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Saint Petersburg, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

3
221 88
Siege of Vienna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Vienna, Holy Roman Empire

4
135 85
Siege of Tyre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Phoenicia, Tyre

5
148 89
Siege of Sparta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

6
255 125
Battle of the Alamo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
San Antonio

7
199 88
Siege of Malta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

8
106 16
Siege of Troy (Trojan War) is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
qbar added Siege of Troy (Trojan War)

9 year siege of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks). 

The war is one of the most important events in Greek mythology and has been narrated through many works of Greek literature, most notably through Homer's Iliad. The Iliad relates a part of the last year of the siege of Troy; the Odyssey describes the journey home of Odysseus, one of the war's heroes. Other parts of the war are described in a cycle of epic poems, which have survived through fragments. Episodes from the war provided material for Greek tragedy and other works of Greek literature, and for Roman poets including Virgil and Ovid.

The war originated from a quarrel between the goddesses Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite, after Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, gave them a golden apple, sometimes known as the Apple of Discord, marked "for the fairest". Zeus sent the goddesses to Paris, who judged that Aphrodite, as the "fairest", should receive the apple. In exchange, Aphrodite made Helen, the most beautiful of all women and wife of Menelaus, fall in love with Paris, who took her to Troy. Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and the brother of Helen's husband Menelaus, led an expedition of Achaean troops to Troy and besieged the city for ten years because of Paris' insult. After the deaths of many heroes, including the Achaeans Achilles and Ajax, and the Trojans Hector and Paris, the city fell to the ruse of the Trojan Horse. The Achaeans slaughtered the Trojans (except for some of the women and children whom they kept or sold as slaves) and desecrated the temples, thus earning the gods' wrath. Few of the Achaeans returned safely to their homes and many founded colonies in distant shores. The Romans later traced their origin to Aeneas, one of the Trojans, who was said to have led the surviving Trojans to modern-day Italy.

The ancient Greeks treated the Trojan War as an historical event which had taken place in the 13th or 12th century BC, and believed that Troy was located in modern-day Turkey near the Dardanelles. As of the mid-19th century, both the war and the city were widely believed to be non-historical. In 1868, however, the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann met Frank Calvert, who convinced Schliemann that Troy was at Hissarlik and Schliemann took over Calvert's excavations on property belonging to Calvert; this claim is now accepted by most scholars. Whether there is any historical reality behind the Trojan War is an open question. Many scholars believe that there is a historical core to the tale, though this may simply mean that the Homeric stories are a fusion of various tales of sieges and expeditions by Mycenaean Greeks during the Bronze Age. Those who believe that the stories of the Trojan War are derived from a specific historical conflict usually date it to the 12th or 11th centuries BC, often preferring the dates given by Eratosthenes, 1194–1184 BC, which roughly corresponds with archaeological evidence of a catastrophic burning of Troy VII.

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209 103
Masada is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

10
150 75
Battle of Alesia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

11
174 86
Siege of Yorktown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

12
89 57
Great Siege of Gibraltar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

13
87 12
Siege of Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
gary-ray added Siege of Stalingrad

14
89 16
Siege of Kőszeg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Polar Bear added Siege of Kőszeg

In 1532, the Croatian hero Nikola Jurišić successfully defended the small Hungarian town Kőszeg with only 750 men against a Turkish army of over 100.000 soldiers.

15
181 70
SEIGE of KHE SANH is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
RobertMcLane added SEIGE of KHE SANH
5,000 MARINES & SPECIAL FORCES SURROUNDED BY 40,000 NORTH VIETNAMESE REGULAR TROOPS, SOMETIMES OVER A THOUSAND INCOMING LONG RANGE ARTILLERY SHELLS IN ONE DAY. SEMPER FI.


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78 16
Battle of Penfui is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Polar Bear added Battle of Penfui

Great victory of the Dutch Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie against the Portuguese in 1749. The Portuguese led an army of 50.000 Topasses, Timores and Portuguese against a handful Dutch, who were allied with only some hundred natives. The Dutch defended their fortress and with their very small army of allied natives they began an counter-attack and defeated the dozen times bigger army of the Portuguese and their allies. That epic battle turned the tide in the struggle for Timor in favor of the Dutch.

17
110 55
Sack of Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Jerusalem

18
142 54
Battle of Dien Bien Phu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
sebbzor added Dien Bien Phu

19
99 75
Fall of Tenochtitlan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Mexico City, Tenochtitlan

20
73 14
Siege of Eger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
Polar Bear added Eger

In 1552, the Hungarian hero István Dobó defend the small Hungarian town Eger with only 2.100 (among them were women and children) against an overwhelming Ottoman army of 150.000 men.

21
90 69
Siege of Acre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

22
88 64
Siege of Antioch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time

23
77 41
Siege of Tobruk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
sebbzor added Tobruk, Italian Libya

24
52 32
Siege of Szigetvár is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
mrlaszlovoros added Baranya, Kingdom of Hungary, Szigetvár

25
41 14
Siege of Vicksburg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Incredible Sieges of All Time
slaft added Warren County