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. (See Diana.)

William Lloyd, who broke in pieces the Portland vase. (1845.)

Jonathan Martin, who set fire to York Minister. (1829.)

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