vivaine3 (vivaine3) wrote in little_details,

Looking for pithy epithets from ancient Greece

Hello, detailers. I need some pithy epithets for an unusual situation, please.

Alternate History Setting: Alexander the Great died in his 60's leaving a much expanded empire to a string of legitimate, talented successors. The Macedonian Empire rose to dominate the Mediterranean, Europe, East Asia, India, the Middle East and North Africa on a scale similar to the British Empire in the 1800's. The 'Dark Ages' never happened. Christianity never became a major religion. Civilization has steadily advanced for over 1000 years, finally reaching the Early Industrial stage. At the time of my story the night life in the Empire's Capitol on the Bosphorus would make any Victorian gentleman from our world feel right at home.

Scene: Two young noblemen return to their club from a late night carouse. They find the concierge dead at his desk, apparently of the new plague which is gradually creeping into the city from the frontier areas. The Black Death has arrived and it's in the house. They are horrified, offended and terrorized.

I need a few short, pithy epithets for them to use to express themselves that are not Christian in origin. "OMG!", "Bloody h***!", and "D*** it!" express the correct feelings but the wrong religion. The Greek pantheon is still predominant, with Roman deities a not-so-close second. If it helps, one of our players is a lifelong resident of the capitol, the other is from Brittany, which has been part of the Empire for several centuries.

Any suggestions would be helpful.


* edited to correct Mycenaean to Macedonian and Bretony to Brittany
Tags: 1800s (no decades given), greece: history, history (misc), ~languages (misc), ~languages: ancient egyptian

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