E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Amasis (Ring of),
same as Polycrts Ring. Polycrats, tyrant of Samos, was so fortunate in everything that Amasis, King of Egypt, advised him to part with something which he highly prized. Polycrats accordingly threw into the sea an engraved ring of extraordinary value. A few days afterwards, a fish was presented to the tyrant, in which the ring was found. Amasis now renounced all friendship with Polycrats, as a man doomed by the gods; and not long afterwards, a satrap, having entrapped the too fortunate despot, put him to death by crucifixion.Herodotus, iii. 40.