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Re: Branagh; Nothing; Machiavellian virtu; *SQ* Issues
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0944. Wednesday, 6 December 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Mike Young <
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        Date:   Monday, 04 Dec 1995 13:55:04 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.094 Branagh's *Hamlet*
 
(2)     From:   Stephanie Hughes <
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        Date:   Monday, 4 Dec 1995 15:18:11 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0941  Re: Nothing
 
(3)     From:   Valerie Gager <
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        Date:   Monday, 4 Dec 1995 15:09:00 -0700
        Subj:   Machiavellian virtu
 
(4)     From:   Georgianna Ziegler <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 05 Dec 95 09:03:00 PST
        Subj:   Issues of SQ
 
 
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From:           Mike Young <
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Date:           Monday, 04 Dec 1995 13:55:04 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.094 Branagh's *Hamlet*
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.094 Branagh's *Hamlet*
 
Thanks, as usual, to Chris Gordon for the casting information on _Hamlet_ but I
do wonder about the report that the filming is  not starting until next month.
Unless I had stayed up way too late, I remember seeing Branagh on David
Letterman.  When asked why his hair was blond, the reply was something like
'I'm filming _Hamlet_ and he is to be Danish_.'
 
Did anyone else see it?
 
Michael Young
Robert Morris C.
 
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From:           Stephanie Hughes <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Dec 1995 15:18:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0941  Re: Nothing
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0941  Re: Nothing
 
I haven't been able to keep up with current posts, so don't know if anyone has
mentioned that "nothing" in numbers is a zero or "O", which is shaped like a
hole.
 
Stephanie Hughes
 
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From:           Valerie Gager <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Dec 1995 15:09:00 -0700
Subject:        Machiavellian virtu
 
I agree with Robert Appelbaum's view that Machiavelli's ultimate goal in *The
Prince* is the unification and protection of Italy's separate principalities
against the military threat of a united France.  I suspect Machiavelli would
disagree, however, with the assessment of his desire to introduce a new order
to Italy as constituting a "utopian" vision.  In Chapter XV he describes his
intention to provide advice "of practical use" and "to represent things as they
are in real truth, rather than as they are imagined," speaking against those
who "have dreamed up republics and principalities which have never in truth
been known to exist."  Machiavelli then proceeds with a discussion of virtue
and the prince.
 
I think Appelbaum's use of the word `virtue' in relation to Machiavelli's
politics requires definition because, as George Bull points out in his
introduction to the Penguin edition, the Italian `virtu' (how does one indicate
a grave accent on e-mail?) is used in *The Prince* in many different senses,
which Bull most often translates as `prowess'.  This meaning, of course, comes
from the root `vir' and encompasses the manly qualities enumerated in Chapter
XIX: "grandeur, courage, sobriety, strength."  Chapter XV includes two senses:
what is probably the more traditional sense of moral goodness and the more
practical sense of producing a desired end (or that which is efficacious).  My
understanding is that, rather than conforming to certain moral standards of
behavior (the first sense), Machiavelli's prince determines the virtu of a
particular course of action based upon its likelihood to be effective in
achieving political ends (the second sense).
 
*The Dictionary of the History of Ideas* has a good overview of `virtu' in the
dual sense I mention above and its centrality as a concern in Renaissance
humanist debate.
 
Valerie Gager
Carroll College
 
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From:           Georgianna Ziegler <
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Date:           Tuesday, 05 Dec 95 09:03:00 PST
Subject:        Issues of SQ
 
In response to Christine Mack Gordon, but also for anyone else who is
interested, single issues or subscriptions to SQ can be obtained from Toni
Krieger, the Circulation Manager.  Try her e-mail : 
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by phone at 202-675-0351.
 
Georgianna Ziegler

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