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Greek fire, poison arrows, and scorpion bombs : biological and chemical warfare in the ancient world

Author: Adrienne Mayor
Publisher: Woodstock : Overlook Duckworth, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Traces the origins of biological and chemical warfare, discussing the use of poison arrows, germ infected traps, and dangerous animals and insects in ancient and medieval times while considering the moral ramifications.
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Genre/Form: History
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Mayor, Adrienne, 1946-
Greek fire, poison arrows, and scorpion bombs.
Woodstock : Overlook Duckworth, 2003
(OCoLC)623614516
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adrienne Mayor
ISBN: 158567348X 9781585673483 0715632574 9780715632574
OCLC Number: 52941527
Description: 319 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: War outside the rules --
Hercules and the Hydra: the invention of biological weapons --
Alexander the Great and the arrows of doom --
Poison waters, deadly vapors --
A casket of plague in the Temple of Babylon --
Sweet sabotage --
Animal allies and scorpion bombs --
Infernal fire.
Responsibility: Adrienne Mayor.
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At once timely and historic, this study draws extraordinary connections between the mythical worlds of Hercules and the Trojan War, the accounts of Herodotus and Thucydides, and modern warfare.  Read more...

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