Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs

Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs

Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World

Book - 2003
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Weapons of biological and chemical warfare have been in use for thousands of years, and Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs, Adrienne Mayor's exploration of the origins of controversial weaponry, draws extraordinary connections between the mythical worlds of Hercules and the Trojan War, the accounts of Herodotus and Thucydides, and modern methods of war and terrorism.

Drawing on sources ancient and modern, Mayor describes ancient recipes for arrow poisons, booby traps rigged with plague, petroleum-based combustibles, choking gases, and the deployment of dangerous animals and venomous snakes and insects. She also explores the ambiguous moral implications inherent in this kind of warfare: Are these nefarious forms of weaponry ingenious or cowardly? Admirable or reprehensible?

Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press ; London : Duckworth, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781585673483
Branch Call Number: 358.309 M473g 2003
Characteristics: 319 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm


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From the legend of Hercules and his poison arrows to Greek fire flung from war ships, Mayor takes readers on an absorbing and macabre trip though the Ancient World.

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Mar 14, 2015

When it comes to destruction, humans out perform any other force of nature.

Oct 02, 2010

An excellent book if you want to know about the types of poison the ancients used, or any dangerous plant-life or animal-life.


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