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Classical World Etymology: Origin of Contemporary Metaphors in Language

Achilles' Heel


Midas Touch

Pandora's Box


Many of the expressions that we find in language today can be found in Classical Mythology i.e. the words & phrases, usually metaphors, can be sourced back to stories, personalities & attributes of characters within the classical world. Here is a quick list and etymology of some of those common words/phrases.

Achilles’ Heel:


Read about the myth of Achilles here



Midas Touch:

Siren’s Song:

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