The Kei Islanders are skilful in carving and celebrated boat-builders.
His father, John Parker, a small farmer and skilful mechanic,.
After the conclusion of the peace of Nicias (421 B.C.) he marched against the Argives in defence of Epidaurus, and after skilful manoeuvring surrounded the Argive army, and seemed to have victory within his grasp when he unaccountably concluded a four months' truce and withdrew his forces.
He was a skilful chopper, and indulged in some flourishes and ornaments in his art.
The romance is probably a somewhat late, and not very skilful, compilation.