The “Greek fire” also called “Powerful Ancient Weapon”, “sea fire “or “liquid fire”.
In the seventh century around 673 AD, the Byzantines created a weapon known as “Greek fire” to protect Constantinople during the Arab siege.
No doubt it was a top-secret, to this day, nobody knows exactly what went into making this powerful weapon.
Emperor Constantine Porphyrogennetos claimed that the Greek Fire was revealed and taught by God through angels and to not let it fall into the enemy’s hand.
The exact recipe remained a secret and it disappeared forever with the fall of Constantinople in 1453.
Nobody knows the true formula, it was a liquid concoction that stuck to whatever it touched, be it the hull of a ship or human flesh.
Rumors about its composition include naphtha, pine resin, sulfur, niter, petroleum, calcium phosphide, quicklime, along with some other “secret ingredient”. This mysterious weapon could not be extinguished with water, It can only be suppressed with three things: sand, vinegar, and old urine.
It’s possibly one of the best-kept secrets of all time.
Regardless of how it was made, the Greek fire was one of the most influential military inventions in human history.
This weapon can be compared with the nuclear weapons of our time.
It was heated, pressurized, and then delivered via a tube called a siphōn
The Byzantine empire managed to survive over a thousand years because of its powerful military.
Greek fire remains best known for its use at sea.
The Greek fire was the atomic bomb of the ancient world.
Nothing similar to the Greek Fire and its destructive power.
Many other ancient powers had chemical weapons, Egyptians used it, ancient Greeks used it, as well as the Romans, but none of these imitations could measure up to the real thing.
The city of Constantinople continued to endure until 1453 when the Turks finally captured the city because of another “wonder weapon”: The Gunpowder.