E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Man of Brass (The).
Talos, the work of Hephæstos (Vulcan). He traversed Crete to prevent strangers from setting foot on the island, and threw rocks at the Argonauts to prevent their landing. Talos used to make himself red-hot, and hug intruders to death.