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[8] I have evidence that in the heroic age weapons were universally of bronze in the verses of Homer1 about the axe of Peisander and the arrow of Meriones. My statement is likewise confirmed by the spear of Achilles dedicated in the sanctuary of Athena at Phaselis, and by the sword of Memnon in the Nicomedian temple of Asclepius. The point and butt-spike of the spear and the whole of the sword are made of bronze. The truth of these statements I can vouch for.

1 Hom. Il. 23.611 foIl. and 650.

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