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September 29, 2003

Ancient chemical and biological warfare

A classical folklorist has catalogued a variety of instances of chemical and biological warfare in antiquity including "venomous jellyfish, poison frogs, dung mixed with putrified blood, the toxic insides of insects, sea urchins and stingray spines" (via ***Dave):

Toxic honey, water poisoned with drugs, scorpion bombs, chocking gases, conflagrations and incendiary weapons similar to modern napalm were widely used in historical battles. Among victims and perpetrators of biochemical warfare were prominent figures such as Hannibal, Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 29, 2003 09:22 AM