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Chernaik, Warren L
The myth of Rome in Shakespeare and his contemporaries / Warren Chernaik
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PR3069.R6 C47 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation
Rome -- In literature
Subject(s) Historical drama, English -- History and criticism
Subject Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637 -- Criticism and interpretation
Massinger, Philip, 1583-1640 -- Criticism and interpretation
Chapman, George, 1559?-1634 -- Criticism and interpretation
Physical Description viii, 298 p. ; 24 cm
Summary "When Cleopatra expresses a desire to die 'after the high Roman fashion', acting in accordance with 'what's brave, what's noble', Shakespeare is suggesting that there are certain values that are characteristically Roman. The use of the terms 'Rome' and 'Roman' in Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, or Jonson's Sejanus often carry the implication that most people fail to live up to this ideal of conduct, that very few Romans are worthy of the name. Chernaik demonstrates how, in these plays, Roman values are held up to critical scrutiny. The plays of Shakespeare, Jonson, Massinger and Chapman often present a much darker image of Rome, as exemplifying barbarism rather than civility. Through a comparative analysis of the Roman plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and including detailed discussion of the classical historians Livy, Tacitus and Plutarch, this study examines the uses of Roman history - 'the myth of Rome' - in Shakespeare's age"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-290) and index
Contents The Roman historians and the myth of Rome -- The wronged Lucretian and the early Republic -- Self-inflicted wounds -- 'Like a colossus' : Julius Caesar -- Ben Jonson's Rome -- O'erflowing the measure : Antony and Cleopatra -- The city and the battlefield: Coriolanus -- Tyranny and empire -- Ancient Britons and Romans -- Postscript : Shakespeare and the Republican tradition

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