There are linguistic footprints left in our language by the gods, goddesses, monsters and mortals of ancient Greece and Rome. Thousands of stories were crafted around the exploits of such characters as Achilles, Hermaphrodites, the Muses, and Narcissus, who ultimately loaned their names to the English-language with terms like Achilles’ tendon, hermaphrodite, music, and narcissism. In Nike’s Echo, Chrysti M. Smith revives the myths of the ancients and explains how those stories live on in dozens of common English words. Combining images of Western mythological characters and contemporary culture, Smith reveals an often forgotten world of words.
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