Lap of the Gods

Posted by ESC on April 30, 2003

In Reply to: Lap of the Gods posted by Lotg on April 29, 2003

: Hi,

: As you can see I've messed with 'Lap of the Gods' to achieve my pen name & it's also my company name.
: However, I would like to know how the original saying - in the Lap of the Gods - came about. Can anyone help?

LAP OF THE GODS - "It lies in the lap of the Gods." "The Illiad" by Homer, Greek poet of the 8th century BC. From "Oxford Dictionary of Quotations," Fifth Edition, edited by Elizabeth Knowles (Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, 2001). "In the lap of the gods. The unknown chances of the future; whatever may fall from the lap of the gods. The lap of fortune expresses the same idea." From Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable revised by Adrian Room (HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 1999, Sixteenth Edition).