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Opening Pandora's Box Phrases We Borrowed from the Classics and the Stories Behind Them by Ferdie Addis
  

Opening Pandora's Box Phrases We Borrowed from the Classics and the Stories Behind Them

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Opening Pandora's Box Phrases We Borrowed from the Classics and the Stories Behind Them by Ferdie Addis

To open Pandora's Box is to get yourself into trouble through unwise curiosity. It has been one of those days. You've worked like a Trojan, displaying titanic strength and stoic endurance in order to overcome the Herculean labours that have faced you in order to meet that deadline. We regularly employ classically-derived expressions in our everyday language, yet many of us have little understanding of the origin of these common phrases. But an incomplete classical education need no longer be your Achilles heel. Opening Pandora's Box offers a light-hearted yet fascinating look at the stories behind the expressions. For example, did you know that the phrase 'the face that launched a thousand ships' originates from the story of the kidnapping of Helen of Troy, but the actual line comes from a poem by Christopher Marlowe? Opening Pandora's Box provides a useful introduction to classical mythology as well as giving an insight into our language.

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Entertaining and informative, this book provides a fascinating and useful introduction to classical mythology, history and culture The Oldie


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Book Info

Publication date

7th October 2010

Author

Ferdie Addis

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Publisher

Michael O'Mara Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
192 pages

Categories

Language: history & general works

ISBN

9781843174110

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