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    Description"A comprehensive look at WMD's antecedents, from flamethrowers of the Peloponnesian War to plague-bearing booby traps.... Rich and entertaining." -"Newsweek" "Featuring a new introduction by the author." 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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    Title
    Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs
    Subtitle
    Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Adrienne Mayor
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 319
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781590201770
    ISBN 10: 1590201779
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    LC classification: PS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBW, JWMC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    Abridged Dewey: 355
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A44520000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027010
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    DC22: 358.3093
    DC21: 358.3093
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: NHW, NHC, JWMC
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Overlook Press
    Imprint name
    Overlook Press
    Publication date
    01 January 2009
    Review quote
    "Illuminating... Adrienne Mayor marshals not just myth, but also the writing of ancient authors and evidence from archaeological digs to show that biological and chemical weapons saw action inbattles long before the modern era." -"The New York Times" "A sound and very imaginative account....Mayor's historical research has made a significant contribution toward filling in the gapsof knowledge concerning weaponry in the classical age." -"Newsday" "Mayor recounts in lively, sometimes darkly comic detail, the diabolical stratagems devised by devious warriors for tactical ends."-"Discover"