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Iliad of Ills

(An). Ilias malorum (Cicero: Ad Atticum viii. 11). A number of evils falling simultaneously; there is scarce a calamity in the whole catalogue of human ills that finds not mention in the Iliad, hence the Homeric poem was the fountain of classic tragedy.

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