So, how did they clean their bronze shields and helmets?  I like this impression of gleaming bronze scoured with lime. ‘And all their world is bronze…’ evokes this Bronze Age epic.

 

‘And all their world is bronze;

White bronze, lime-scoured bronze, glass bronze,

As if,

Far out along some undiscovered beach

A timeless child, now swimming homewards out to sea,

Has left its quoit.’

 

Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 78

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