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GREEK FIRE The original Greek fire was an invention used as a weapon of the Eastern Roman Emperors It is also said to have been invented by a Syrian engineer one Callinicus a refugee from Maalbek in the seventh century The Byzantines of Constantinople originally used it But they never used the term Greek fire because they claimed to be Romans and never called themselves Greeks It was like an insult to them because in their times to be Greek was to have a bad reputation The Greek fire was first time used in the war of seven years In which the Arabs established a naval base on the peninsula of Kyzikos This was on the second attack of a battle started by Theophanes On the third attack of the same battle Greek fire was used again against the Arabs The liquid fire was hurled on the ships of their enemies from siphons and burst into flames on contact As it was reputed to be inextinguishable and burned even on water it caused panic and dread Its introduction into warfare of its time was comparable in its demoralizing to the introduction of nuclear weapons in our time Both Arab and Greek sources agree that it surpassed all incendiary weapons in destruction It is also possible that Greek fire was really invented by the chemist in Constantinople who had acquired the discoveries of the Alexandrian chemical school An Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus said that the recipe for Greek fire had been revealed by an angel to Constantine the Great and that the earliest chemists called their science the divine art Constantine Porphyrogenitus tenth century in his instruction to his son had commanded him emphatically to keep the composition secret The secret had in the past been given by an angel to Constantine the Great those imparting
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