In these Flemish cities the early oligarchic form of municipal government speedily gave way to a democratic. The great mass of the townsmen organized in trade gilds - weavers, fullers, dyers, smiths, leather-workers, brewers, butchers, bakers and others, of which by far the most powerful was that of the weavers - as soon as they became conscious of their strength rebelled against the exclusive privileges of the patricians and succeeded in ousting them from power.
It had large gilds of fabri (smiths and carpenters) and centonarii (firemen) .
Their sideboards were covered with the copper and silver work of Eastern smiths and the confectioneries of Damascus.
That the Kenites, too, were a race of metal-workers is quite uncertain, although even at the present day the smiths in Arabia form a distinct nomadic class.
(5) The Chalkeia (feast of smiths), at which the birth of Erechtheus and the invention.