E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A stock name of those historical romances which represented the fate of empires as turning on the effects produced on a crack-brained lover by some charming Mandana or Statira. In La Calprenèdes Cassandra, Statira is represented as the perfection of female beauty, and is ultimately married to Oroondates.