Was the Greek fire from the Byzantine Empire the same as a modern flamethrower?


Asked on 2020-10-26 19:50:15

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Pendulum World wrote on 26th of October 2020
Yes, it was !


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Greek fire was an incendiary weapon used by the Byzantine Empire beginning c.‚ÄČ672. Used to set light to enemy ships, it consisted of a combustible compound emitted by a flame-throwing weapon. Some historians believe it could be ignited on contact with water, and was probably based on naphtha and quicklime. The Byzantines typically used it in naval battles to great effect, as it could continue burning while floating on water. The technological advantage it provided was responsible for many key Byzantine military victories, most notably the salvation of Constantinople from the first and second Arab sieges, thus securing the Empire's survival.


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