Wordy Wednesday – “A dish fit for the gods”

After a weekend of feasting, it seems appropriate to explore one of Shakespeare’s more delicious offerings.

“A dish fit for the gods” may sound culinary, but originally it was anything but!  The phrase originally appeared in Julius Caesar (1601).  As Brutus plots the murder of Caesar he says, “…gentle friends, Let’s kill him boldly, but not wrathfully; Let’s carve him as a dish fit for the gods…”.  Brutus wants Caesar dead, but he reminds his fellow conspirators of the importance of killing him without butchering the corpse, so as to make a proper offering to the gods.

Not quite the dish I was thinking of!


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