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The Sordid (But Fascinating!) History of Poison



Persia, between 405–359 B.C.

The Persians had a great interest in poisons, as illustrated by this story. Supposedly Queen Parysatis poisoned her daughter-in-law, Statira, by cleverly applying poison to one side of a knife. The knife was used to cut a bird at dinner, so the queen took the meat from the untainted side, while giving the tainted meat to Statira.

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