Macedonia's madman. Alexander the Great. (B.C. 356, 336-323.)
The brilliant madman
or Madman of the North. Charles XII. of Sweden. (1682, 1697-1718.)
Heroes are much the same, the point's agreed,
From Macedonia's madman to the Swede
Pope: Essay on Man, iv.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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