"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
About the Author
Adrienne Mayor is a research scholar in classics and history of science at Stanford University, and the author of "The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome s Deadliest Enemy" (Princeton), which was a finalist for the National Book Award.