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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Οὖτις ἐμοί γ’ ὄνομα
Oûtis emoí g’ ónoma.


My name is nobody.

“Cyclops, you asked about my famous name. I’ll tell you. Then you can offer me a gift, as your guest. My name is Nobody. My father and mother, all my other friends— they call me Nobody” (Homer 9.484-488).

This is one of Homer’s best lines, in my opinion. You might also remember “My Name is Nobody” as the name of a 1973 Spaghetti Western starring Terrence Hill and Henry Fonda.

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