beware of Greeks bearing gifts

[litt. "Méfiez-vous des Grecs porteurs de présents"] Méfiez-vous de vos ennemis [allusion aux Grecs qui laissèrent en cadeau d'adieu aux Troyens … le cheval de Troie ! cf. Virgile, au 2 e livre de l'Énéide]

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  • beware the Greeks bearing gifts — ► beware (or fear) the Greeks bearing gifts proverb if a rival or enemy shows one generosity or kindness, one should be suspicious of their motives. [ORIGIN: with allusion to the warning given by Laocoön to the Trojans in Virgil s Aeneid, against …   English terms dictionary

  • beware of Greeks bearing gifts — Meaning Origin An allusion to the story of the wooden horse of Troy where the Greeks tricked their way into the city …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • beware of Greeks bearing gifts — proverb if a rival or enemy shows one generosity or kindness, one should be suspicious of their motives Origin: with allusion to Virgil s Aeneid (ii. 49) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Greeks bearing gifts — may refer to:*the myth of Laocoön, priest of Troy, who, in Virgil s Aeneid, tells his countrymen to Beware Greeks bearing gifts * Greeks Bearing Gifts (Torchwood), an episode of the science fiction television programme Torchwood *A of Inspector… …   Wikipedia

  • Greeks Bearing Gifts (Torchwood) — Doctorwhobox number = 07 serial name = Greeks Bearing Gifts caption = The alien reveals herself to Tosh. show = TW type = episode cast = * John Barrowman – Captain Jack Harkness * Eve Myles – Gwen Cooper * Burn Gorman – Owen Harper * Naoko Mori – …   Wikipedia

  • fear the Greeks bearing gifts — ► beware (or fear) the Greeks bearing gifts proverb if a rival or enemy shows one generosity or kindness, one should be suspicious of their motives. [ORIGIN: with allusion to the warning given by Laocoön to the Trojans in Virgil s Aeneid, against …   English terms dictionary

  • fear the Greeks bearing gifts — The saying is often used allusively. The original Latin version is also quoted: VIRGIL Aeneid II. 49 timeo Danaos, et dona ferentes, I fear the Greeks, even when bringing gifts (said by Laocoön as a warning to the Trojans not to admit the wooden… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Beware of Greeks (Frasier episode) — Infobox Television episode | Title = Beware of Greeks Series = Frasier Season = 5 Episode = 16 Airdate = 17 March 1998 Writer = David Lloyd Director = Jeff Melman Guests = Patti LuPone (Zora) James Gleason (Ed) Prev = Room Service Next = The… …   Wikipedia

  • Laocoön — (Λαοκόων [laok ooːn] , usual English pronunciation [leɪ ɒkəʊɒn] ), the son of Acoetes [ Laocoon, son of Acoetes, brother of Anchises, and priest of Apollo... (Hyginus, Fabula 135.] was a Trojan priest of Poseidon, [According to Virgil: Laocoon,… …   Wikipedia

  • Trojan Horse — The Trojan Horse was part of the Trojan War, as told in Virgil s Latin epic poem The Aeneid . The events of this take place after Homer s Iliad , and before Homer s Odyssey .LegendThis incident is mentioned in the Odyssey :: What a thing was this …   Wikipedia

  • Laocoon — noun (Greek mythology) the priest of Apollo who warned the Trojans to beware of Greeks bearing gifts when they wanted to accept the Trojan Horse; a god who favored the Greeks (Poseidon or Athena) sent snakes who coiled around Laocoon and his two… …   Useful english dictionary

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