shirt of Nessus


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shirt of Nessus

Centaur’s bloodied shirt; given to Heracles as gift by unsuspecting wife, it caused his death. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 708]
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I began then to wonder whether the mantle of tradition, which Hill wears with such exasperated aplomb, might not be a shirt of Nessus, however sprigged with a bowtie.
To build opposite the History Faculty must be the architect's equivalent of donning the shirt of Nessus.
When Miola claims that Seneca's Hercules Furens is an important source for Othello, it is difficult to conceive that Othello's heroic feats as a warrior, with which he woos Desdemona, are like the labors of Hercules, or that the notorious handkerchief is analogous to the poisoned shirt of Nessus.