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Drawing on sources ancient and modern, Mayor describes ancient recipes for arrow poisons, booby traps...
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?
|Historical Time Line||11|
|Introduction: War Outside the Rules||23|
|1||Hercules and the Hydra: The Invention of Biological Weapons||41|
|2||Alexander the Great and the Arrows of Doom||63|
|3||Poison Waters, Deadly Vapors||99|
|4||A Casket of Plague in the Temple of Babylon||119|
|6||Animal Allies and Scorpion Bombs||171|
|Afterword: The Many-Headed Hydra||251|
|List of Illustrations||307|