Dear Beano Boy,
I just thought about asking you to add some research material to this topic, since that is one of your specialities at the moment. Surprising to see you had the same thoughts.
Beano Boy wrote:I thought i`d add some meat onto the bones of history.
So thanks for your meat.
Beano Boy wrote:Tyre had massive 60m high walls
I would call this Hellenistic propaganda since that would be as high as an 20 floor appartmentbuilding! Greek and Macedonians liked to exaggerate the numbers of Persian armies (Thermopylai, Gaugamela) and seizes of fortifications to show their own heroism and superiority: 'these walls were the highest in the whole world but we took them anyway.' Roman historians copied such Hellenistic information since they worshipped everything that was Greek.
I think a wall with a height like this is the most we can expect:
Its a reconstruction of Motya.
Beano Boy wrote:two 50m Towers were constructed
Personally I think It would be impossible to erect or move a wooden construction with this height.
Now let us have a look at the two pictures you added. The first one only recently appeared on the internet, it was not there when I started this project. The hoplites or hypaspists look correct for this era. And the approximately 15 meters high (!) tower looks fair to me.
The second image is the first one I saw in my life during the 70's depicting the siege of Tyre. It was in my fathers book 'Greece and Rome' by National Geographic. Fascinating to see the artist had very limited knowledge of military fashion and equipment about the 4th C. BC. He shows both Macedonian and Tyrian hoplites dressed and equipped like the ones depicted at Attic vases from the 5th and 6th C. BC. Probably the collection of the British Museum was his main reference. Even the typical archaic dipylon shield can be seen on the gangway. The dipylon shield was out of use already at the battle of Marathon 160 years earlier.
And look at the Syrian/Tyrian bowmen. I love it to see at least somebody tried to reconstruct the dress of these men, since there is almost no information available still today of Tyrian light troops. I like this depiction pretty much since it seems to be a combination of the Syrian/Tyrian costume of the Assyrian and King Cyrus the Great's period like depicted in a 6th C. relief in Persepolis:
... showing long dresses and caps, and that in combination with the Macedonian period with Greek style short dress like Cretan archers.