|Title:||Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World|
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|Publisher:||Duckworth Pub; 2nd edition (April 2004)|
Chapter 6 - ANIMAL ALLIES AND SCORPION BOMBS. Chapter 7 - INFERNAL FIRE. Afterword: the many-headed hydra. Blowback, Hannibal’s secret weapon: After reading Adrienne Mayor’s book about chemical and biological warfare in the ancient world and John Prevas’s book about Hannibal’s crossing the Alps, I knew I had to take my novel in an entirely different direction. Brad Thor, Behind the Book, ww. radthor.
Adrienne Mayor has breathed new life into ancient history by examining the evidence for biological and chemical warfare over two thousand years ago. There's a lot of material there, much of it gleaned from evidence found in classical mythology and Homer's epics. This book presents one of the most comprehensive and intersting descriptions on the history and development of chemical and biological weapons I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The author has a knack for presenting a wealth of information in a most useful format and interesting manner.
When the Chaldeans sacked and burned Solomon's temple in Jerusalem, they are said to have opened copper vessels, which they assumed contained treasure. Instead, they were attacked by a plague. Her book then combs all the ancient sources for examples of these in the ancient world. There's a concentration on Greek and Roman sources, but there are repeated references to Indian and Chinese uses as w Adrienne Mayor starts with, intelligently, expanding the normal contemporary definition of 'chemical and biological' weapons to include pretty much anything that causes biological harm, such as poisons, noxious chemicals, and beyond, to the use of animals, heated sand, and other unusual items
Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World. An important book about the use of toxic arrows by indigenous peoples of the Americas appeared in 2007, Poison Arrows: North American Indian Hunting and Warfare, by David E. Jones. New evidence has also emerged about poisons in warfare in Asia. Blowback, Hannibal’s secret weapon: After reading Adrienne Mayor’s book about chemical and biological warfare in the ancient world and John.
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Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World. Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World.
Several best-selling novelists have found inspiration in my collection of insidious, ingenious bioweapons from classical antiquity. After an Introduction revealing the mythological roots of biological warfare, Chapters 2-7 are organized according to type of weaponry used in historical battles: poison arrows; poison water, food and air; germs and pathogens; intoxicants and hypnotics; zoological weapons; and incendiaries. Nearly every advanced biochemical weapon today has an ancient prototype. Chemical incendiaries and heat rays. In Chapter 7, I cited the unpublished discovery and chemical analysis of a fireball hurled by defenders during Alexander’s siege of a fort in Pakistan in 327 BC.
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Classical folklorist Adrienne Mayor's Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs is an intriguing, if over-reaching look into the ancient antecedents of chemical and biological warfare. Wide-ranging and well-supported by history, literature and archaeology, it is an excellent reminder that certain seemingly recent ideas and practices are not as modern as they seem. The book is an engaging read for students of classical or military history. Despite this, the book lacks focus and suffers from the author's background as a folklorist . Indeed, Mayor herself makes the same comparison later on in the book. This might seem to be a minor issue, but such distinctions are important, and it also underlines Mayor's lack of familiarity with modern security studies.