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The myth of Rome in Shakespeare and his contemporaries

Author: Warren L Chernaik
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Shakespeare; Ben Jonson; Philip Massinger; George Chapman; William Shakespeare; Ben Jonson; Philip Massinger; George Chapman; William Shakespeare; Ben Jonson; Philipp Massinger; George Chapman; William Shakespeare; Ben Jonson; George Chapman; Ben Jonson; Philip Massinger; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Warren L Chernaik
ISBN: 9780521196567 0521196566
OCLC Number: 681488525
Description: 298 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Roman historians and the myth of Rome --
The wronged Lucretia 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 repbulican tradition.
Responsibility: Warren Chernaik.
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This book presents illuminating comparisons of Shakespeare's Roman plays with plays by Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatists including Jonson and Massinger.  Read more...

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'... brilliant new readings ... Chernaik's readings of Shakespeare show how historicism and close reading work together ... On Massinger, Chernaik is dazzling in his textual and historical precision Read more...

 
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