Jupiter was depicted by the ancients as a man seated on a
throne, holding a sceptre in his left hand and thunderbolts in his
right. Modern science has proved there are no such things as
thunderstones, though many tons of bolides (2 syl.), aërolites (3
syl.), meteors, or shooting stars (of stony or metallic substance) fall
annually to our earth. These “air-stones,” however, have no connection
with thunder and lightning.
Be ready, gods, with all your thunderbolts;
Dash him to pieces!
Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, iv. 3.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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