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,
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