Please enable Javascript to use Top Secret Writers to it's fullest. Without it, you will find much of the modern internet doesn't work. I would add a little button hide this message, but that kind of functionality requires Javascript ;)

Is US Intelligence Fabricating a Case for War Against Pakistan?Previous Article
CIA Photo Gallery of Cool Spy Gadgets From the PastNext Article

6 Most Amazing Secret Ancient Weapons of Past Civilizations

Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print This Article
6 Most Amazing Secret Ancient Weapons of Past Civilizations

ancient weaponsSince the dawn of man, he has been at war with his fellow man. These wars were fought over land, money, power, and even love.

As Gen. Patton once said, “The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his.”

Man has used his ingenuity and creativity throughout history to reach this objective. The war machines, ancient weapons and battle techniques that resulted from man’s ingenuity took the lives of millions over time.

Below are 6 of the most amazing secret weapons of the ancient world.

ancient weapons

Greek Fire - Greek Fire was an incendiary weapon used by the Byzantine Empire during naval engagements. No one is sure exactly what Greek Fire was; however, the modern-day theory about this ancient weapon is that it was petroleum based. The petroleum was retrieved from natural wells.

ancient greek weapons

Caltrop – This simple defensive weapon was laid in the path of an oncoming opponent. It consisted of two or more spikes, one of which always pointed up, creating a nearly impassable barrier. This weapon is so effective it is even used in modern times.

Flaming Pigs – These ancient weapons were actual living pigs doused in oil and set ablaze. It was reported that an elephant was terrified of the squeal of a pig. Therefore, when the opposition approached with their battle ready elephants, the Romans released their blazing sows.

ancient greek weapons

Scorpion Bombs were another use of animals in warfare. The Ancient Iraqis would fill a terracotta jar with scorpions and then seal it. The jars were then thrown at the attacking army. The jar would break, releasing the scorpions either on the enemy soldiers or in the battlefield itself.

Automatic Crossbow – The great Chinese strategist, Zhuge Liang, came up with this ancient weapon; a semi-automatic crossbow that could shoot faster and farther than any of its predecessors.

ancient weapons

The Dead – This early form of siege warfare is greatly documented and well-known throughout the ancient world. It is also the first use of biological warfare.

The attacking army would catapult the dead over the walls of the defending cases. It was also common, after the black plague struck, to launch plague-stricken corpses over the walls in order to decimate its defenders.

Originally published on

  • you still suck

    you suck

"The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks."
― Christopher Hitchens

Top Secret Editors

Ryan is the founder of Top Secret Writers. He is an IT analyst, blogger, journalist, and a researcher for the truth behind strange stories.
Lori is TSW's editor. Freelance writer and editor for over 17 years, she loves to read and loves fringe science and conspiracy theory.
Dennis Dufrene is resident historian and tech writer. He brings insight and accuracy to the unusual stories published here at TSW.

Top Secret Writers

Gabrielle is a journalist who finds strange stories the media misses, and enlightens readers about news they never knew existed.
Sally is TSW's health/environmental expert. As a blogger/organic gardener, she's investigates critical environmental issues.
Seamus Coogan from New Zealand has been writing for over a decade, and his focus is contemporary conspiracy theory.
Mark Dorr grew up the son of a treasure hunter. His experiences led to working internationally in some surprising situations!
WC is an American citizen living and working in China. He brings readers a wealth of knowledge in international affairs, culture and business.
Allen Taylor is an award-winning journalist, an Iraq War veteran, and a keen observer of humanity's dark side.
Jenny is a fantasy and paranormal writer from the UK with a passion for the strangeness of humans and the world.
Mark R. Whittington, from Houston, Texas, frequently writes on space, science, political commentary and political culture.
Octavia Drughi is a traveler, rock climber and freelance writer who always keeps her backpack close and ready for her next adventure.

Join Other Conspiracy Theory Researchers on Facebook!

Get a Top Secret Bumper Sticker!

Comment on Breaking Stories

Powered by Disqus