Shakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity: An Introductory Essay by Michelle MartindaleShakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity: An Introductory Essay by Michelle Martindale

Shakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity: An Introductory Essay

byMichelle MartindaleEditorMichelle Martindale

Paperback | April 8, 1994

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Against a recent tendency to exaggerate Shakespeare's classical learning, this study examines how the playwright used his relatively restricted knowledge to create an unusually convincing picture of Rome.
Title:Shakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity: An Introductory EssayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.8 inPublished:April 8, 1994Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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ISBN - 10:0415104262

ISBN - 13:9780415104265

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Shakespeare's knowledge of the Classics was based on a simple grammar school education, yet a third of his plays are set in the ancient world and he constantly used classical mythology, history and ideas. Shakespeare & The Uses Of Antiquity shows how he made the most of his reading of writers such as Ovid, Seneca, and (in translation) Homer and Plutarch, to give convincing life to his historical and fictional characters from antiquity.