Dusty Phrases

Hi! Welcome to “Dusty Phrases.” You will find below an ancient phrase in one language or another, along with its English translation. You may also find the power to inspire your friends or provoke dread among your enemies.

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ἀπὸ μηχανῆς Θεός
Apò mēkhanês Theós


God from the machine.


You probably know the Latin version of this phrase, Deux ex machina, but the Latin expression came first in Greek. The phrase originates from the way deity figures appeared in ancient Greek theaters, held high up by a machine, to solve a problem in the plot.

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