- Jan 2015
- MD, USA
The Greeks were using iron weapons at the same time the Romans were. They had equivalent armor, too, though of different styles. Bronze was still the metal of choice for armor into the 4th century BC, possibly because working wrought iron sheet out thin enough for armor is a bit tricky. At that point there was still little need for large amounts of cheaper armor since soldiers were largely supplying their own, depending on their wealth.Was that not one of the advantages of the romans ? notably against the greeks
Lapidary work?? Who came up with that bit of fantasy?? How many tons of jewelry do you need?
In this period, iron was considered a precious metal by Alexander. During his world tour of conquest Alexander gave his generals instructions to seize any iron found. Strangely it was not for its merits in weaponry that it received the status of precious, but instead for its application to lapidary work