This trip I decided to read through Homer's Odyssey. I didn't finish it, but I got about 60 pages into it. I'm the type of person who always reads introductions and extra notes in the backs of books before I read the books themselves. I found some things in Homer's writing that I really liked in terms of his flowery language. Below is a list of some of Homer's expressions that are used to express simple ideas. They are full of references to Greek deities and cultural ideas. I'll not explain them all in this post. I found these very amusing.
Try whipping some of these out next time you're at home:
- "The wooden guardian of our privacy, quick on its axel turn." = "Shut the door"
- "Bring forth some remnant of Promethean theft, quick to expand the inclement air congealed by Boreas' rude breath." = "Light the fire"
- "Apply thine engine to the spongy door, set Bacchus free from his glassy prison." = "Uncork the bottle"
- "And strip white Ceres of her nut-brown coat." = "Take the crust off of the bread"