See act 5 of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus for a powerful example of the Thyestean
banquet in Elizabethan revenge tragedies.
(1993:177) concludes that there is something of a 'Thyestean
Despite his colour-signature of 'reddish brown speckled', he proffers no Thyestean
or Ariel-harpy banquet for our depraved taste.
But if we stretch the metaphor too far, the Thyestean
feast in this final scene--the serving up of Julio to Piero--becomes a rather nasty parody of the paschal meal in Old Testament terms, or the Communion service in New Testament terms.
Hibbard rightly calls this a Thyestean
banquet, following Nashe's own description of Christ's Tears as a Senecan tragedy.
In Empedoclean and Pythagorean thought animal sacrifice is tantamount to human sacrifice; Empedocles describes a father unwittingly sacrificing his metensomatized son in language that is close to the later Aeschylean account of the sacrifice of Iphigenia (B137).(25) The Empedoclean passage also suggests a feast such as that offered to Thyestes, in an earlier episode from the history of the Pelopids; when the Ovidian Pythagoras returns to his diatribe against meat-eating at the end of his speech, he makes the connection between his injunction and the doctrine of metempsychosis and inveighs against 'Thyestean
tables' (15.462 'neue Thyesteis cumulemus uiscera mensis').