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DAMOCLES

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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 790 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DAMOCLES, one of the courtiers of the elder Dionysius of Syracuse. When he spoke in extravagant terms of the happiness of his sovereign, Dionysius is said to have invited him to a sumptuous banquet, at which he found himself seated under a naked sword suspended by a single hair (Cicero, Tusc. v. 21; Horace, Odes, iii. 1, 17 Persius 40).
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