E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Honour paid to Learning.
Dionysius, King of Syracuse, wishing to see Plato, sent the finest galley in his kingdom royally equipped, and stored with every conceivable luxury to fetch him; and, on landing, the philosopher found the royal state carriage waiting to convey him to the palace
Ben Jonson, in 1619, made a journey from London to Scotland expressly to see William Drummond, the Scotch poet.