He found favour in the king's eye, and became his armour-bearer.
In the later form of the story Philoctetes was the friend and armour-bearer of Heracles, who presented him with his bow and poisoned arrows as a reward for kindling the fire on Mt Oeta, on which the hero immolated himself.
5 shows the intermediate type again sheathed with a heavy armour to resist wear in the shallow water near shore.
Xvii.), and suits of armour had already been taken from Mesopotamia by Tethmosis III.