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Greek Mythology


By Christine Lovatt

Many of the expressions we use every day come from Greek mythology. For instance, when we talk about opening a can of worms, or looking for trouble, we refer to opening Pandora’s box. Pandora was the first mortal woman in Greek mythology. She opened the forbidden box, and was blamed for all the ills of the world (much like poor old Eve).

A Pyrrhic victory is a victory in which the victor’s losses are as great as those of the defeated. It is named after Pyrrhus who defeated the Romans in 279BC but suffered heavy losses.

A small but fatal weakness is called an Achilles’ heel, named after the Greek hero Achilles. When still a baby, his mother plunged him into the river Styx to make him invulnerable. His whole body could not be harmed, except for the heel by which she held him. He was killed when Paris wounded him in the heel.

A Trojan horse is a trap intended to undermine the enemy. It’s named after the wooden horse which the Greeks left outside Troy during the Trojan war. The Trojans dragged the horse inside the city and the Greek soldiers leapt out of the horse, opened the gates and defeated the Trojans.

When someone is successful in everything he does, he may be said to have the Midas touch. King Midas was granted his dearest wish, that everything he touched turned to gold. But he soon realised that he could not eat, or drink, or even hug his daughter. He was very pleased to have the curse removed.

Finally, the gods in Greek legend used to eat delicious food known as ambrosia and drink a luscious drink called nectar, which is said to be the food of the gods.

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