Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Random trivia

Cicero once calimed that someone wrote all 24 books of Homer's "The Iliad" in handwriting small enough to fit in a walnut shell. Over the years, several otheres repeated the feat. Over time, people came to refer to "the Iliad in a nutshell" as simply "In a nutshell," and used it to mean a condensed version of the whole story.

3 comments:

mlwhitt said...

That's too cool, I always wondered where that came from.

English Professor said...

Call me the cynic, but I doubt the tale. Maybe my name can be written on a grain of rice, but the Iliad on a walnut shell? Methinks not.

Michelle said...

I'm a sucker for stuff like that! What a cute piece of trivia!