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Sicilian Dishes

(Siculoe dapes) were choice foods. The best Roman cooks were Sicilians. Horace (3 Odes, i. 18) tells us that when a sword hangs over our head, as in the case of Damocles, not even “Siculoe dapes dulcem elaborabunt saporem.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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