E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
wife of Abradatus, King of Susa. Abradatus joined the Assyrians against Cyrus, and his wife was taken captive. Cyrus refused to visit her, that he might not be tempted by her beauty to outstep the bounds of modesty. Abradatus was so charmed by this continence that he joined the party of Cyrus, and, being slain in battle, his wife put an end to her life, and fell on the body of her husband.
Here stands Lady Rachel Russellthere the arch-virago old Bess of Hardwicke. The one is our English version of Pantha of Arria; the other of Xantipp in a coif and peaked stomacher.Mrs. Lynn Linton: Nineteenth Century, Oct., 1891, p. 605.