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Originally posted by slaughterdove
found this link... short read. i like how it seems the byzantines kept the formulas such a secret they forgot how to build these things.
That's exactly what happened in the end.. According to some sources (can't provide any links now, just remember what I've read about it few years ago) the skill of making greek fire was kept highly secret and only few persons at time knew how to do it. When they reached a certain age they began to train a carefully chosen follower to their profession. The skill was lost when the current keepers of the secret got killed without teaching it to the next ones during the siege of Constantinople in the year 1423, before the Ottomans finally conquered the city.
Originally posted by cybertroy
I just think it's cool how advanced the folks were. They weren't that dissimilar to us. [...] We regressed from an advanced civilization to a less advanced civilization, and are now advancing again.
Originally posted by Vegemite
There was also this ginormous siege tower that moved 3 feet a day.