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Opening Pandora's Box

Phrases We Borrowed From the Classics and the Stories Behind Them

Extent: 192pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date: 04/04/2013

Price: £5.99

ISBN: 9781782430230

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

It has been one of those days. You've worked like a Trojan, displaying titanic strength and stoic endurance 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.

Publication Date: 11/02/2011

Price: £5.99

ISBN: 9781843176282

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

It has been one of those days. You've worked like a Trojan, displaying titanic strength and stoic endurance 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.

About the Author

Ferdie Addis read Classics at Oxford University, before embarking on a career as a journalist and author. He has written The Good Samaritan Bites the Dust (2011), I Have a Dream (2011) and Opening Pandora’s Box (2010) for Michael O’Mara Books. He lives in London.

Reviews

  • 'Entertaining and informative, this book provides a fascinating and useful introduction to classical mythology, history and culture', The Oldie
  • 'A light-hearted yet fascinating look at the stories behind the expressions... a useful introduction to classical mythology as well as giving an insight into our versatile language', Lancashire Evening Post