When Periclee, Tyrant of Athens, was on his death-bed, he overheard his friends recounting his various merits, and told them they had omitted the greatest of all, that no Athenian through his whole administration had put on mourning through his severity —i.e. he had caused no Athenian to be put to death arbitrarily.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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