Phrases from Odyssey

Many good English writers have been accredited with the invention of phrases used in day to day life. I am presently reading The Odyssey by Homer (translator – Robert Fagles), written in the eight century B.C. I came across a couple of lines which may have inspired these famous English writers.

Modern Phrase
i Slow and steady wins the race
ii Between the devil and the deep blue sea

What The Odyssey has to offer
i …Slow outstrips the Swift!
ii Scylla to starboard, dreaded Charybdis off to port

Will keep updating this post as I come across newer ones… 🙂

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