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Ex Pedʹe Herʹculem


From this sample you can judge of the whole. Plutarch says that Pythagʹoras ingeniously calculated the height of Hercules by comparing the length of various stadia in Greece. A stadium was 600 feet in length, but Herculesʹ stadium at Olympia was much longer. Now, says the philosopher, as the stadium of Olympia is longer than an ordinary stadium, so the foot of Hercules was longer than an ordinary foot; and as the foot bears a certain ratió to the height, so the height of Hercules can be easily ascertained. (Varia Scripta.)

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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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Evil Principle
Evolution (Darwinian)
Ewe-lamb (A)
Ex Cathedra (Latin)
Ex Hypothesi
Ex Luce Lucellum
Ex Officio (Latin, by virtue of his office)
Ex Parte (Latin, proceeding only from one of the parties)
Ex Pede Herculem
Ex Post Facto (Latin)
Ex Professo (Latin)
Ex Uno Omnes
Exaltation of the Cross
Examiners (Public)
Excalibur (Ex cal [ce] liber [atus])
Excellency (His)