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

Author: Adrienne Mayor
Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press ; London : Duckworth, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [2009 ed.]View all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mayor, Adrienne, 1946-
Greek fire, poison arrows, and scorpion bombs.
Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press ; London : Duckworth, 2009
(OCoLC)760073224
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adrienne Mayor
ISBN: 9781590201770 1590201779 9780715638521 0715638521
OCLC Number: 233939783
Notes: "Overlook Duckworth."
"First published in paperback in the United States in 2009 by the Overlook Press"--Title page verso.
Description: 319 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface to the 2009 edition --
Historical time line --
The maps --
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 --
Afterword: The many-headed Hydra.
Other Titles: Biological and chemical warfare in the ancient world
Responsibility: Adrienne Mayor.

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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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