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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:9689
AUTHOR:Miscellaneous Translations
QUOTATION:Leave no stone unturned. 1
 
Note 1.
Euripides: Heracleidæ, 1002.

This may be traced to a response of the Delphic oracle given to Polycrates, as the best means of finding a treasure buried by Xerxes’ general, Mardonius, on the field of Platæa. The oracle replied, [greek], “Turn every stone.”—Leutsch and Schneidewin: Corpus Paræmiographorum Græcorum, vol. i. p. 146. [back]
 

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