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Posted by R. Berg on January 05, 2003

In Reply to: Help me posted by ESC on January 04, 2003

: : Do you know the origin and meaning of:

: : 1)Sewing the dragons teeth
: : 2) hydra headed
: : 3) to plant the apple of discord
: : 4) My Ithica
: : 5) Oedipus Complex

: APPLE OF DISCORD - This expression comes from Greek mythology. "This story begins at the wedding of the hero Peleus and the water-nymph Thetis, parents of the famous Achilles. All the gods are invited to the party, saving one: Eris, goddess of discord - an understandable omission. Eris, didn't see it that way and resolved to get revenge." She stole one of Hera's golden apples and inscribed it "Property of the Fairest" and tossed it onto a banquet table "where it was squabbled over by every goddess on hand." From "Brush Up on Your Classics!" By Michael Macrone (Gramercy Books, New York, 1999). Page 178.

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