Heaping Ossa upon Pelion. Adding difficulty to difficulty,
embarassment to embarrassment, etc. When the giants tried to scale
heaven, they placed Mount Ossa upon Mount Pelion for a scaling ladder.
“Ter sunt conati imponere Pelio Ossam”
Virgil: Georgics, i. 281.
A noteworthy hexameter verse. The i of “conati” does not elide, nor
yet the o of “Pelio.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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