E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Zoilos (Latin, Zoilus.).
The sword of Zoilos. The pen of a critic. Zoilos was a literary Thersits, shrewd, witty, and spiteful. He was nicknamed Homeromastix (Homers scourge), because he mercilessly assailed the epics of Homer, and called the companions of Ulysses in the island of Circ weeping porkers (choiridia klaionta). He also flew at Plato, Isocrates, and other high game.