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Brewer's: Empedocles

(4 syl.) of Sicily. A disciple of Pythagoras According to Lucian, he threw himself into the crater of Etua, that persons might suppose he was returned to the gods, but Etna threw out his sa…

Brewer's: Etna

Virgil ascribes its eruption to the restlessness of Enceladus, a hundred-headed giant, who lies buried under the mountain. (Æn. iii. 578, etc.) In Etna the Greek and Latin poets place …

Brewer's: Notoriety

Depraved taste for notoriety: Cleombrotos, who leaped into the sea. (See Cleombrotos.) Empedocles, who leaped into Etna. (See Empedocles.) Herostratos, who set fire to the temple of Diana. …

Brewer's: Empannel

To put the pack-saddle on a beast of burden. “Saddle Rozinante, and empannel thine ass.” - Don Quixote, ii. 326. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 18…

Brewer's: Emperor

Emperor, not for myself, but for my people. The maxim of Hadrian, the Roman emperor (117-138). Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Emperor of BelieversEmpedocles …

Leonard, William Ellery

Leonard, William Ellery[1876-1944](2)Born at Plainfield, N.J., Jan. 25, 1876. A.B. Boston University, 1898; A.M. Harvard, 1899. Fellow of Boston University in philology and literature, 1900;…

Ledoux, Louis V.

Ledoux, Louis V.[1880-1948](1)Born at New York City, June 6, 1880. Educated at Columbia University, where he graduated in 1902. He is the author of "Songs from the Silent Land", 1905; "The S…

Volcanoes of the World

The Nature of VolcanoesRecent Volcanic ActivityThe Deadliest Volcanic EruptionsPrincipal Types of VolcanoesEarth's Greatest Volcanic FieldSource: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Geological Survey …

William Thomas ELLIS

ELLIS, William Thomas, a Representative from Kentucky; born near Knottsville, Daviess County, Ky., on July 24, 1845; attended the common schools; enlisted in 1861, at the age of sixteen, in the…