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Diomʹedeʹan Swop

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An exchange in which all the benefit is on one side. This proverbial expression is founded on an incident related by Homer in the Iliad. Glaucus recognises Diomed on the battle-field, and the friends change armour.        

“For Diomed’s brass arms, of mean device,

For which nine oxen paid (a vulgar price),

He [Glaucus] gave his own, of gold divinely wrought,

An hundred beeves the shining purchase bought.”

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Pope: Iliad, vi.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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