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Heat Treating In The Odyssey
Caleb Harris posted a topic in HistoryCurrently in history, I'm studying the Homeric period, and especially the Epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. I got a reading assignment, chapter 9 of the Odyssey, the situation with the Cyclopes. I will say it's pretty gruesome at places, but at the area where they're blinding the Cyclopes, I found some interesting text. I'm not quite sure how exact the text is, as it gives Roman names instead of Greek, but this is supposed to be a very close translation. The thing is, was heat treating as such developed by the time of Homer (7th and 8th centuries B.C.)? I do know that Iron would have been well developed by that time, but I had thought that heat treating came much later; during the time of the Roman Republic at least. Any thoughts on this? EDIT: Also, he says the quenching 'tempers' the iron. I'm pretty sure that the old 'tempering' is the word for the whole heat treating sequence; is that correct?