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Rome and Rhetoric: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
     

Rome and Rhetoric: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

by Garry Wills
 

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ISBN-10: 0300188005

ISBN-13: 9780300188004

Pub. Date: 01/29/2013

Publisher: Yale University Press

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. Garry Wills, focusing his attention on Julius Caesar, here demonstrates how

Overview

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. Garry Wills, focusing his attention on 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, devoted to four of the play’s main characters, Wills shows how 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 even true, Wills affirms, for today’s classical scholars with access to the original Roman sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300188004
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/29/2013
Series:
The Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humani
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,369,637
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

ONE Caesar: Mighty Yet....................1
TWO Brutus: Rhetoric Verbal and Visual....................37
THREE Antony: The Fox Knows Many Things....................79
FOUR Cassius: Parallel Lives....................113
Afterword....................155
Notes....................157
Index....................177

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