It is meet to be here

Figure of speech. Tarring the Romans as a people chiefly interested in constructing cloacae, Professor MacHugh recalls the Jews having said "It is meet to be here. Let us build an altar to Jehovah" so that he can conclude his tirade with a comical image of the Roman conqueror: "He gazed about him in his toga and he said: It is meet to be here. Let us construct a watercloset." This is a parodic example of the rhetorical epiphonema, an epigram that sums up what the orator has previously said.

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Graphic by John Atkinson. Source:

"A Spirited Epiphonema––raised a third and sometimes a full fifth above the key of the discourse," ca. 1927 illustration of a passage in Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy by John Archibald Austen, held in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Source: