Shakespeare and the Constant Romans
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Shakespeare and the Constant Romans

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ISBN-13:
9780198117711
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.03.1996
Seiten:
232
Autor:
Geoffrey Miles
Gewicht:
413 g
Format:
223x144x19 mm
Serie:
Oxford English Monographs
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This study traces the qualities of constancy and virtue displayed by Shakespeare's Roman characters back to the origins of Stoicism as shaped by Roman writers and playwrights.
Shakespeare's Romans are intensely concerned with "constancy." Geoffrey Miles traces the Stoic origins of this Roman principle of being "always the same" and explores the varying forms it takes in writers such as Cicero, Seneca, and Montaigne. Building on this genealogy of constancy, Miles reads Shakespeare's Roman plays as reworkings of three figures found in Plutarch: the constant Brutus, the inconstant Antony, and the obstinate Coriolanus. The tragedies of these characters act out the attractions, flaws, and self-contradictions of constancy, and the tragicomic failure of the Roman hope that"were man/ But constant, he were perfect."