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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Noc’tuas Athe’nas Ferre.
 
To carry coals to Newcastle. Athens abounded with owls, and Minerva was therefore symbolised by an owl. To send owls to Athens would be wasteful and extravagant excess.   1
 


 Noctes Ambrosia’næ.Nod. 

 
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