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It's Greek to Me!: Brush Up Your Classics

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A treasure trove of information about words and phrases that originated in Greek and Roman texts.
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Published by Harpercollins (first published May 18th 1994)
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John
"It's Greek to Me" was a fun read for me. I found a copy of it in a used bookstore and bought it on the assumption that its short entries would be a quick, shallow read. To my delight, I found that in addition to a brush-up of classical stories, the book is also a goldmine of etymological phrases from Greek and Latin.

Let me divide that statement in half. The main focus--something like 60%--of "It's Greek to Me" is upon telling or retelling familiar stories from the Greek and Roman worlds. For in
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Lenny Husen
I read this before in the 1990's. It is terrific, a reference book about the Greek Classics, Authors and Phrases that is easy to read and makes me feel a little less ignorant. I am rereading it again just to brush up since my daughter is studying the classics at college. Has some cute illustrations also. The book has excerpts of the actual classics (English translation of course), which is what elevates it to 5 stars. One of the best book gifts I ever received, from my friend Paul Christiansen. ...more
Richard Curry
Readable, bite sized vignettes about standardized catchphrases and their antique back stories: Trojan Horse, Gorian Knot, Marathon, Siren songs, Smell of the lamp, Eureka! and many others.
Matthew
It was a fun, worthwhile read. It gives you insight into all those phrases you hear, but aren't 100% sure where they came from.
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