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Shakespeare and Classical Antiquity

Colin Burrow

September 2013

ISBN: 9780199684793

290 pages
Paperback
203x135mm

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Oxford Shakespeare Topics

Price: £19.99

Shakespeare and Classical Antiquity explains the nature and extent of Shakspeare's classical learning, exploring why Ben Jonson was wrong to claim that he had 'small Latin and less Greek'. It examines Shakespeare's relationship to classical texts and how this relationship changed in the course of his career.

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Shakespeare and Classical Antiquity explains the nature and extent of Shakspeare's classical learning, exploring why Ben Jonson was wrong to claim that he had 'small Latin and less Greek'. It examines Shakespeare's relationship to classical texts and how this relationship changed in the course of his career.

  • Comprehensive account of Shakespeare's interaction with classical texts
  • Offers a clear overview of current scholarship, and combines it with though-provoking new ideas
  • Written in a clear and accessible style
  • Ideal for students working on classical civilization or classical reception courses

About the Author(s)

Colin Burrow, Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

Colin Burrow is a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He has written widely on the relationship between Renaissance literature and the classical past, in his OUP monograph Epic Romance: Homer to Milton, and in a wide range of articles on Spenser, Milton, Shakespeare and other authors. He edited the Complete Sonnets and Poems for the Oxford Shakespeare, as well as Ben Jonson's poems for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson. He is working on two book projects: a study of the idea and practice of literary imitation, and the Elizabethan volume for the Oxford English Literary History.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Learning from the Past
    2:Virgil
    3:Ovid
    4:Roman Comedy
    5:Seneca
    6:Plutarch
    Conclusion
    Further Reading

Reviews

"Burrow's book has much to offer. He offers an excellent account of Elizabethan schooling and especially the rationale of its classical training, geared to teaching the student to write Latin, not just to read it—and to transfer those skills to writing English..there are dozens of illuminating details on various levels." - The Times Literary Supplement

"Colin Burrow's study ... offers a brilliant reinterpretation of Shakespeare's response to classical literature." - Jane Kingsley-Smith, Around The Globe

"There are striking perceptions and readings throughout, and the style is unfussy and often wittily engaging. In its reading of Shakespeare's relationship with Plutarch, it is unsurpassed." - Dr Paul Hartle, St Catharine's College, Cambridge

"Shakespeare and Classical Antiquity is a model of clear exposition, conversational jargon-free prose and acute and imaginative close reading. The debate about Shakespeare and the classics will go on, but this is a major and unmissable contribution to the conversation." - Geoffrey Miles, Review of English Studies