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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Ancient Learning Curve

In AD 256 during a siege at the Syrian city of Dura-Europos a number of Roman soldiers in a tunnel under the walls died a terrible death. The theory is that the opposing Persian soldiers killed them by toxic fumes. The story is:

This sets out the information and what is known fully. It seems the ancients knew about the toxic properties of certain petro-chemical substances in confined spaces and subject to chemical reactions.

As yet, it seems either we have forgotten or are just beginning the process of relearning.

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