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2009-09-22 12:36:04

A leading German professor said on Tuesday that archaeologists in the ancient city of Troy in Turkey found the remains of a man and a woman believed to have died in 1,200 B.C., the time of the legendary war chronicled by Homer, Reuters reported. The bodies were found near a defense line within the city built in the late Bronze age, according to Ernst Pernicka, a University of Tubingen professor of archaeometry who is leading excavations on the site in northwestern Turkey. Experts say the...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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