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

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Overlook Duckworth, 2009 - Biological warfare - 319 pages
Flamethrowers, poison gases, incendiary bombs, the large-scale spreading of disease ... are these terrifying agents and implements of warfare modern inventions? Not by a long shot. Weapons of biological and chemical warfare have been in use for thousands of years, and Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs, Adrienne Mayor's fascinating exploration of the origins of biological and unethical warfare 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. Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs will catapult readers into the dark and fascinating realm of ancient war and mythic treachery and their devastating consequences.

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A very interesting book on an extremely overlooked topic of ancient warfare, ancient WMD's, chemical and biological weapons. I appreciated the explanation of the various biblical phenomenons that were ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

HISTORICAL TIME LINE
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War Outside the Rules
23
The Invention of Biological Weapons
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Copyright

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