Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World

Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World

Adrienne Mayor


guns of organic and chemical struggle were in use for hundreds of thousands of years, and Greek hearth, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs, Adrienne Mayor's exploration of the origins of arguable weaponry, attracts remarkable connections among the legendary worlds of Hercules and the Trojan struggle, the debts of Herodotus and Thucydides, and glossy equipment of warfare and terrorism.

Drawing on resources old and glossy, Mayor describes historic recipes for arrow poisons, booby traps rigged with plague, petroleum-based combustibles, choking gases, and the deployment of harmful animals and venomous snakes and bugs. She additionally explores the ambiguous ethical implications inherent during this type of struggle: Are those nefarious varieties of weaponry creative or cowardly? Admirable or reprehensible?

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