Julius Caesar

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"Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like Colossus, and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about."

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This quote from Cassius is sarcastic. Cassius is alluding to the fact that Caesar has put himself above everyone else like a god, that he believed himself to be better, and that everyone was meant to act as slaves to his desires. This is a derogatory comment.


Julius Caesar

The srcastic reference is to the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Although the Colossus no longer existed in Shakespeare's time, Elizabethans believed that the entrance to the harbor at Rhodes, a Greek island, was entered by passing under the Colossus. The Colossus of Rhodes then was depicted as having one foot on each side of the harbor entrance, so that ships would enter and leave the harbor between his legs.