Greek-fire sentence example

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  • An important factor in the victory of the Romans was their use of Greek fire.
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  • His famous description of Greek fire has a most provoking mixture of circumstantial detail with absence of verifying particulars.
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  • In subsequent receipts saltpetre and turpentine make their appearance, and the modern "carcass composition," containing sulphur, tallow, rosin, turpentine, saltpetre and crude antimony, is a representative of the same class of mixtures, which became known to the Crusaders as Greek fire but were more usually called wildfire.
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  • Hime, after a close examination of the available evidence, concludes that what distinguished Greek fire from the other incendiaries of the period was the presence of quicklime, which was well known to give rise to a large development of heat when brought into contact with water.
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  • In the Michael Crichton novel Timeline, one of the main characters uses the Greek fire.
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  • The fear of the Greek fire ships stopped his way to the Morea.
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  • Fire caused havoc in a besieged castle or city and a variety of fire missiles, including firebrands and deadly Greek Fire were thrown.
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  • Bad generalship, which is sufficiently obvious, unwholesome food - it was Lent, and they ate the Nile fish which had been feasting on the carcases of the slain - and Greek fire did the rest, and personal valour was of little avail,not merely against superior numbers and better generals,but against dysentery and a certain "mal de l'ost" which attacked the mouth and the legs, a curious human version of a well-known bestial malady.
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