The great house glitters with bronze. War has patterned
the roof with shining helmets,
their horsehair plumes waving in the wind, headdress
of fighting men. And pegs
are concealed under bright greaves of brass which
block the iron-tipped arrows. Many
fresh-linen corselets are hanging and hollow shields
are heaped about the floor,
and standing in rows are swords of Chalcidian steel,
belt-knives and warriors' kilts.
We cannot forget our arms and armor when soon
our dreadful duties begin.
Alcaeus of Mytilene.
c 575 B.C.