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Wills, Garry, 1934-
Rome and rhetoric : Shakespeare's Julius Caesar / Garry Wills
Alternate Title Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  PR2808 .W58 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Julius Caesar
Caesar, Julius -- In literature
Subject(s) Rhetoric, Renaissance
Subject Rome -- In literature
Physical Description 186 p. ; 21 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-175) and index
Contents Caesar: mighty yet -- Brutus: rhetoric verbal and visual -- Antony: the fox knows many things -- Cassius: parallel lives
Summary Renaissance plays and poetry in England were saturated with the formal rhetorical twists that Latin education made familiar to audiences and readers. Yet a formally educated man like Ben Jonson was unable to make these ornaments come to life in his two classical Roman plays. The author, focusing his attention on Shakepeare's play, Julius Caesar, here demonstrates how Shakespeare so wonderfully made these ancient devices vivid, giving his characters their own personal styles of Roman speech. In four chapters, each devoted to one of the play's main characters, the author shows that Caesar, Brutus, Antony, and Cassius each has his own take on the rhetorical ornaments that Elizabethans learned in school. Shakespeare also makes Rome present and animate by casting his troupe of experienced players to make their strengths shine through the historical facts that Plutarch supplied him with. The result is that the Rome English-speaking people carry about in their minds is the Rome that Shakespeare created for them. And that is true, the author affirms, even for today's classical scholars with access to the original Roman sources
Series Anthony Hecht lectures in the humanities

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