(Greek, “image breakers”). Reformers who rose in the eighth
century, especially averse to the employment of pictures, statues,
emblems, and all visible representations of sacred objects. The crusade
against these things began in 726 with the Emperor Leo III., and
continued for one hundred and twenty years. (Greek, ikon, an
image; klao, I break.)
“The eighth century, the age of the Iconoclasts, had not been
favourable to literature.” —Isaac Taylor: The Alphabet, vol, ii. chap. viii. p. 159.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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