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Shakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity

Shakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity
Your Price: $45.95 CDN
Author: Charles and Michelle Martindale
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 228
Pub. Date: 1994
ISBN-10: 0415104262
ISBN-13: 9780415104265

About the Book:

Against a recent tendency to exaggerate Shakespeare's classical learning, the study Shakespeare and The Uses Of Antiquity examines how the playwright used his relatively restricted knowledge to create an unusually convincing picture of Rome.

Although a third of his plays are set in the ancient world and he constantly used classical mythology, history, and ideas, Shakespeare received a simple grammar school education and did not have a scholar's knowledge of the classics. The critical implications of this are the subject of Shakespeare and The Uses Of Antiquity. Against a recent academic tendency to exaggerate Shakespeare's learning, the authors investigate how he used his comparatively restricted knowledge to create, for example, an unusually convincing picture of Rome, and analyze, by presenting us with careful readings of specific passages, the styles Shakespeare employed under the influence of classical writers, especially Ovid, Seneca, and (in translation) Homer and Plutarch.

What people say:

"The Martindales' approach is particularly effective." — The Times

About the Author:

Charles Martindale is Professor of Latin, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Bristol

Michelle Martindale teaches English at Lancing College.