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bring owls to Athens

To do or undertake something redundant, pointless, or futile. It refers to the city of Athens in the time of Ancient Greece, where silver coins were minted with the image of an owl (which were abundant in the city). Thus, to bring either owls or silver to Athens would be a useless venture. The councilor's plans to improve the economy by increasing taxes simply would be bringing owls to Athens.
See also: Athens, bring, owl

send owls to Athens

To do or undertake something redundant, pointless, or futile. It refers to the city of Athens in the time of Ancient Greece, where silver coins were minted with the image of an owl (which were abundant in the city). Thus, to bring either owls or silver to Athens would be a useless venture. Creating a business to export olive oil to Italy is like sending owls to Athens! His plans to improve the economy by increasing taxes would simply be sending owls to Athens.
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No," answered the young man; "I will never leave Crete unless I can first slay the Minotaur, and save my poor companions, and deliver Athens from this cruel tribute.
To make my story short, the poor captives were awakened, and, hardly knowing whether it was not a joyful dream, were told of what Theseus had done, and that they must set sail for Athens before daybreak.
But my father, King Aegeus, and my dear mother, Aethra, and all the fathers and mothers in Athens, and all the sons and daughters too, will love and honor thee as their benefactress.
Here is what Ariadne answered, when the brave prince of Athens besought her to accompany him:
At first, King Minos will be angry; but he will soon forgive his only child; and, by and by, he will rejoice, I know, that no more youths and maidens must come from Athens to be devoured by the Minotaur.
However, he sent for his dear mother to Athens, and, by taking her advice in matters of state, became a very excellent monarch, and was greatly beloved by his people.
Also, the company was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Athens, Tennessee.
For the annual cleaning of all internal and external areas of the Court House on the road Cyril Loukareos 14 wherein the Court of Appeal are housed, the Prosecutor of Athens, the Athens Juvenile Protection Society, the Office of Criminal Records of the District Attorney of Athens, the Juvenile Court Athens, the Archive of the Peace of Athens and the General Archives and Department of Criminal Record of the Athens Court of First Instance for the period from 28.
Emeritus Professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
McBee was arrested at the North Congress Street residence and his air-powered BB gun was confiscated by Athens police.
Athens Bancshares is the parent of Athens Federal Community Bank National Association, a FDIC-insured national bank organized in 1934.
Athens Bancshares Corporation is the parent holding company of Athens Federal Community Bank, National Association, a FDIC-insured national bank organized in 1934.
Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer commented: "Since we resumed services to Athens in the summer of 2014, the route has shown strong and steady growth to date.
Following the acquisition, Athens Federal will have nearly USD89m in customer deposits and USD13.
With the deal, Athens Federal assumed approximately USD 89m in customer deposits and acquired approximately USD 13.