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.
The above photo is speculated to be the Persian soldier who initiated the chemical attack.
Picture of the gate under which these men died: [upload.wikimedia.org]
|256 AD: Romans die from chemical attack in fight with Persians||1213||Pete Vanderzwet||10-Mar-11 18:28|