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다마스쿠스 검




표면에 ‘무하마드의 사다리’ 무늬가 새겨진 이 칼은 아름답다. 그러나 제조 방법은 끔찍하다. 신전에 기록된 연대기에는 ‘왕의 옷과 같은 자홍색이 날 때까지 쇠를 달군 뒤 튼튼한 노예의 근육에 찔러넣어 식힌다’고 했다. 그래야 ‘노예의 힘과 영혼이 옮겨가 단단한 칼을 얻는다’는 것이다.


내가 한 영작
Damascus swords ⓐhave a beautiful pattern of lateral bands, often called “Muhammad’s Ladder,” which is most likely formed by cutting or forging notches into the surface of the ingot, then forging it into the shape of a blade. Despite its beauty, however, the manufacturing process ⓑis horrible. As written records describe, “The blade was heated until it turned a peach color like the king’s clothes, and then cooled by inserting it into the muscle of a healthy slave. So a sharp, strong sword was ⓒcreated because of ⓓthe slave’s power and soul.”

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Damascus swords feature a beautiful pattern of lateral bands, often called “Muhammad’s Ladder,” which is most likely formed by cutting or forging notches into the surface of the ingot, then forging it into the shape of a blade. Despite its beauty, however, the manufacturing process was horrible. As written records describe, “The blade was heated until it turned a peach color like the king’s clothes, and then cooled by inserting it into the muscle of a healthy slave. So a sharp, strong sword was created from a slave’s power and soul.”

Writing Tip
ⓐhave → feature ‘기능이나 특징’을 나타내는 feature로 수정
ⓑis → was 과거의 사건을 서술하고 있으므로 과거시제로 수정
ⓒcreated because of → created from ‘~로부터 만들어지다’라는 표현에 어울리는 전치사 from으로 수정
ⓓthe → a 이미 알려진 노예가 아니라, 그냥 노예 한 명을 이야기하고 있으므로 부정관사 a로 수정



그러나 2년 전 ‘네이처’지는 세상을 놀라게 했다. 독일 드레스덴대학 연구팀이 이 검에서 탄소나노튜브(CNT)를 발견한 것이다. 연구팀은 “소결(燒結)과 단조(鍛造) 과정에서 불순물이 촉매로 작용해 탄소가 나노튜브 형태로 바뀌었다”고 소개했다. 최첨단 신소재가 수수께끼의 칼에도 숨어있는 셈이다.


내가 한 영작
However, a ⓐnew discovery published two years ago in the science journal Nature caused ⓑthe public to gasp with surprise. Using electron microscopes, scientists at the Technical University in Dresden, Germany, ⓒhave discovered carbon nanowires and nanotubes within the molecular structure of a Damascus sword. And so a mysterious 800-year-old sword was found to contain high-tech new materials.

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However, a discovery published two years ago in the science journal Nature caused a stir. Using electron microscopes, scientists at the Technical University in Dresden, Germany, discovered carbon nanowires and nanotubes within the molecular structure of a Damascus sword. And so a mysterious 800-year-old sword was found to contain high-tech new materials.

Writing Tip
ⓐnew discovery → discovery ‘discovery’자체에 새롭게 무언가를 발견한다는 의미가 있으므로, 중복되는 의미인 new 삭제
ⓑthe public to gasp with surprise → a stir 간략한 표현으로 수정
ⓒhave discovered → discovered 과거의 사건을 서술하고 있으므로 과거시제로 수정

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