Episode 126 – Attract and Repel

Use of a portable Byzantine flamethrower for Greek fire from atop a flying bridge against a castle. Illumination from the Poliorcetica of Hero of Byzantium.

Use of a portable Byzantine flamethrower for Greek fire from atop a flying bridge against a castle. Illumination from the Poliorcetica of Hero of Byzantium.

927-8 was a terrible winter. The suffering of the common people led many to sell their farms to their wealthy neighbours. Romanus legislated quickly to put a stop to it. Meanwhile John Kourkouas led the army into Armenia with Melitene in his sights.

Period: 927-931

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4 thoughts on “Episode 126 – Attract and Repel

  1. schon fazio

    Do you have any sources on the handheld flamethrower? Im studying the period but have never heard of that.Appreciate it!

    • SDC

      Ummm… The caption on the above figure (containing a rendering of the “portable flamethrower”) suggests a source.

      “Use of a portable Byzantine flamethrower for Greek fire from atop a flying bridge against a castle. Illumination from the Poliorcetica of Hero of Byzantium.”

      Likewise, the rendering appears on the Wikipedia page for that source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poliorcetica

      • Yes wikipedia furnished me with info about this particular illustration.

        My guide to the narrative details is Runciman’s “The Emperor Romanus Lecapenus and His Reign.”

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