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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Emped’ocls (4 syl.)
of Sicily. A disciple of Pythag’oras According to Lu’cian, he threw himself into the crater of Etna, that persons might suppose he was returned to the gods, but Etna threw out his sandal, and destroyed the illusion. (Horace Ars Poetica, 404.) (See CLEOMBROTOS.)   1
“He who, to he deemed
A god, leaped fondly into Ætna flames.
Milton: Paradise Lost. iii. 471


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