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Greek Mythology. and The Bible. Narcissus A young man born with extraordinary beauty He cruelly ejects everyone ( but he dates Echo) When he went to go drink some water, he saw his reflection in the lake and immediately falls in love with himself.

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Greek mythology

Greek Mythology

andThe Bible


Greek mythology

  • Narcissus

  • A young man born with extraordinary beauty

  • He cruelly ejects everyone ( but he dates Echo)

  • When he went to go drink some water, he saw his reflection in the lake and immediately falls in love with himself.

  • His obsession with his own beauty killed him

  • Meaning: Obsessive focus on oneself.

  • Examples

  • I got the feeling Janet was a bit narcissistic when I noticed that she had at least three mirrors hanging in every room of her house.

  • Tom is a narcissist when he spends all day looking in the mirror.

  • Being narcissistic isn’t good for your health, so lets go outside.


Greek mythology

Achilles Heel

  • When he was a baby, his mother dipped him in the River Styx which gave him Immortality.

  • His mother held him by the heel, so that was the only mortal part of his body.

  • He was eventually killed in the Trojan War when a poison arrow struck his heel.

  • Meaning: Person’s area of particular vulnerability.

  • Example

  • Her inability to resist rich desserts was her Achilles Heel, keeping her from losing the 10 pounds she wanted to lose.

  • Everyone has an weakness or Achilles Heel.

  • My Achilles Heel is money.



Greek mythology

  • Shibboleth

  • Hebrew word for “corn”

  • Israelites used it as a password to prevent enemies from entering their land.

  • Sometimes they actually killed some Israelites.

  • Meaning: Slogan/ Catchword

  • Example

  • The Shibboleth of that political party seems to be “no new taxes for any reason.

  • Mr. James’ Shibboleth is “Welcome back” when we are loud.


Greek mythology

  • Cassandra

  • The daughter of Priam, the last king of Troy.

  • She is the most beautiful of Priam’s daughters.

  • She was loved by the god Apollo, who promised her powers of prophecy if she would do what he desires. She received the gift, but refuses to do his favors.

  • Meaning: Someone who predicts disaster or negative results.

  • Example

  • I finally stopped asking my friend Celia for advice when I had a decision to make. She is such a Cassandra; if I listened to her then I would face my doom.

  • Newscasters are Cassandra’s, they predict all sorts of disasters and report it on T.V.

  • My brother would be an example of a Cassandra, since he predicts all sorts of disastrous events.