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Casket Homer

Alexander the Great's edition, with Aristotle's corrections. After the battle of Arbela a golden casket, studded with jewels, was found in the tent of Darius. Alexander, being asked to what purpose it should be applied, made answer, “There is but one production in the world worthy of so costly a depository,” and placed therein his edition of Homer, which received from this circumstance the term of Casket Homer.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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