Adrienne Mayor's Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World (New York: Overlook Duckworth, 2003) describes how plant and insect toxins have been weaponized. The tale of Mithridates and his poisoned honey can be pieced together from a variety of sources, including Robin Seager's Pompey the Great: A Political Biography (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2002), Peter Greenhalgh's Pompey the Roman Alexander (Columbia, Mo.: University of Missouri Press, 1981), and Frank Marsh's A History of the Roman World from 146 to 30 bc (London: Methuen, 1963). And Xenophon's misadventures with deli bal are nicely recounted in Mayor's book as well as Robert Root-Bernstein's article "Infectious Terrorism," The Atlantic (May 1991).
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