Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs
Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient WorldBook - 2003
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?
From Library Staff
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.