HFM 111 | Real-Life James Bond Villains, Part 1: Archimedes and the Defense of Syracuse

February 2, 2015


Auric Goldfinder and SPECTRE may seem over-the-top for their plans to irradiate the world’s gold supply or kill political leaders with lasers from surveillance satellites, but there are real-life examples of inventors using audacious machines to crush their enemies. Learn how Archimedes defended his city with monstrous catapults, a huge iron claw, and even a primitive death ray.

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About Michael Rank

Michael writes history books on dictators, the Middle East, and insane rulers, not necessarily in that order. He lives somewhere between Europe and Asia (literally)

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