Thais

(2 syl.). An Athenian courtesan who induced Alexander, when excited with wine, to set fire to the palace of the Persian kings at Persepolis.

The king seized a flambeau with zeal to destroy;
Tha is led the way to light him to his prey,
And, like another Helen, flred another Troy.

Dryden: Alexander's Feast.

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