DAMOCLES
GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Δαμοκλης (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: DAM-ə-kleez (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Latinized form of the Greek name Δαμοκλης (Damokles), which was derived from δαμος (damos) "the people" (a Doric Greek variant of δημος (demos)) and κλεος (kleos) "glory". In Greek legend Damocles was a member of the court of Dionysius the Elder, the king of Syracuse. Damocles expressed envy of the king's station so Dionysius offered to switch roles with him for a day. To illustrate to Damocles the peril of a man in his position he suspended a sword over the throne.
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