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The Idaean Daktyls


fragment 1

Pliny, Natural History vii. 56,197

Hesiod says that those who are called the Idaean Daktyls taught the smelting and tempering of iron in Crete.

fragment 2

Clement, Stromateis i. 16.75

Kelmis, again, and Damnameneus, the first of the Idaean Daktyls, discovered iron in Cyprus; but bronze smelting was discovered by Delas, another Idaean, though Hesiod calls him Skythes [or perhaps "a Skythian"].

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