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Shakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity : An Introductory Essay - Charles Martindale

Shakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity

An Introductory Essay

Paperback Published: 3rd March 1994
ISBN: 9780415104265
Number Of Pages: 240

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In "Shakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity, " Charles and Michelle Martindale take issue with the recent academic tendency to exaggerate Shakespeare's expertise in the classics. Instead they show how the playwright used his restricted knowledge of the classics to create a remarkably convincing picture of the classical world. Although almost a third of his plays are set in the ancient world and are rich in allusions to classical mythology, history and ideas, Shakespeare received only grammar school training in this discipline--a far cry from the scholarly knowledge he would 8otherwise seem to possess.
The Martindales discuss the critical implications of this fact and analyze--through careful readings of specific passages--the styles Shakespeare employed under the influence of classical writers--especially Ovid, Seneca and in translation Homer and Plutarch. This critical and comparative account of Shakespeare's classical sources ultimately provides readers with a fresh perspective on his work.

ISBN: 9780415104265
ISBN-10: 0415104262
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 3rd March 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

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