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Plato, Laws, Book 3, section 685c (search)
not only for the Peloponnesus, but for the whole of Hellas as well, in case any of the barbarians should attack them just as the former dwellers around Ilium were emboldened to embark on the Trojan War through reliance on the Assyrian power as it had been in the reign of Ninus. The mythical founder of the Assyrian empire, husband of Semiramis, and builder of Nineveh (dated about 2200 B.C.). For much of the splendor of that empire still survived and the people of that age stood in fear of its confederate power, just as we men of today dread the Great King. For since Troy was a part of the Assyrian empire, the secondThe first “capture” was by Heracles, in the reign of Laomedon, father of Priam. Cp. Hom. Il. 5.640 ff. capture of T
dation:— The primeval arms were the hands, the nails, and the teeth, Together with stones and branches, the fragments of the forests; Afterwards was found the power of iron and of bronze, But the use of bronze was known before that of iron. Bronze implements are obtained by casting, and, it is believed, by subsequent hammering while hot. (See supra.) Bronze and copper were cast in ancient Egypt; the Chinese state that Yu, who was semiking with a partner (Chun) on the throne of China, 2200 B. C., caused nine vases to be cast, on which were engraved maps of the nine provinces of the Empire. The Greeks, Etruscans, and the pupils of the latter, the Romans, excelled in the art; and the museums of Europe have almost numberless specimens of their art in statuary, household utensils, and ornaments. When the Spaniards first entered the province of Tuspan, they mistook the bright copper or bronze axes of the natives for gold, and were greatly mortified, after they had accumulated them in