miércoles, 19 de diciembre de 2012

Guerras tóxicas en la antigüedad


¡Vaya! Las guerras químicas en los asedios antiguos eran más comunes de lo que imaginaba. Este artículo muestra los efectos del humo sulfúrico utilizado por romanos y partos hace dos mil años.


Almost 2,000 years ago, 19 Roman soldiers rushed into a cramped underground tunnel, prepared to defend the Roman-held Syrian city of Dura-Europos from an army of Persians digging to undermine the city's mudbrick walls. But instead of Persian soldiers, the Romans met with a wall of noxious black smoke that turned to acid in their lungs. Their crystal-pommeled swords were no match for this weapon; the Romans choked and died in moments, many with their last pay of coins still slung in purses on their belts...

http://www.livescience.com/13113-ancient-chemical-warfare-romans-persians.html