Old Man Eloquent

Isocrates; so called by Milton. When he heard of the result of the battle of Chaerone'a, which was fatal to Grecian liberty, he died of grief.

That dishonest victory
At Chaerone's, fatal to liberty.
Killed with report that Old Man Eloquent.

Milton: Sonnets.

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