Greek Fire: The Byzantine Secret Weapon

Greek fire. Miniature from the Madrid Skylitzes, 11th-12th century. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

To engage the ships of Byzantine Empire was to risk the horrors of Greek fire, a medieval weapons system that empowered ships to spew forth flaming liquid on enemy ships and crew members. The secrets of Greek fire are lost to history, but historians and scientists continue to theorize its formula and deployment details. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss the weapon’s history, predominant theories on its specifics and the risks and rewards of secret keeping.

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Topics in this Podcast: history, war, Chemistry, chemical weapons, fire