Greek Fire, Poison Arrows and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World / Edition 1

Greek Fire, Poison Arrows and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World / Edition 1

by Adrienne Mayor
     
 

ISBN-10: 158567608X

ISBN-13: 9781585676088

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Overlook Press, The

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

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585676088
Publisher:
Overlook Press, The
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Greek Fire, Poison Arrows and Scorpion BombsAcknowledgments
Historical Time Line
Maps

Introduction: War Outside the Rules

1. Hercules and the Hydra: The Invention of Biological Weapons

2. Alexander the Great and the Arrows of Doom

3. Poison Waters, Deadly Vapors

4. A Casket of Plague in the Temple of Babylon

5. Sweet Sabotage

6. Animal Allies and Scorpion Bombs

7. Infernal Fire

Afterword: The Many-Headed Hydra

Notes
Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Index

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