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Qs: Old Athenian Law; Bastards; ISA
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0106.  Monday, 12 February 1996.

(1)     From:   Kathleen Brookfield <
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        Date:   Sunday, 11 Feb 96 01:49:00 -0500
        Subj:   The Old Athenian Law

(2)     From:   David Reinheimer <
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        Date:   Sunday, 11 Feb 1996 11:46:48 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Natural Born Characters

(3)     From:   Joanne Walen <
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        Date:   Sunday, 11 Feb 1996 18:41:11 -0500
        Subj:   International Conference


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From:           Kathleen Brookfield <
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Date:           Sunday, 11 Feb 96 01:49:00 -0500
Subject:        The Old Athenian Law

In Midsummer Night's Dream (I:i:42), Egeus begs the "ancient privilege of
Athens" to control who his daughter marries. Later, in the same scene, Theseus
seems to be quoting that "Law" giving the father sole authority over the
daughter.

Is this Shakespeare's invention or was there such a law? If so, where might I
find it?

My interest is in the "missing mothers" in Shakespeare's plays that focus on
father-daughter relationships.

I am curious about the reference
    "   ....you are but as a form in wax
  By him imprinted, and within his power
  To leave the figure, or disfigure it."

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From:           David Reinheimer <
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Date:           Sunday, 11 Feb 1996 11:46:48 -0800 (PST)
Subject:        Natural Born Characters

A friend has asked me whether there are bastard characters in Renaissance plays
not by Shakespeare.  I would appreciate your help in checking and adding to
what I have found.  Thanks.

Have a good day!
Dave Reinheimer
UCDavis

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From:           Joanne Walen <
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Date:           Sunday, 11 Feb 1996 18:41:11 -0500
Subject:        International Conference

How and where can I get information and applications for the International
Shakespeare Conference in Los Angeles in April? I wrote to The Shakespeare
Association of America at Southern Methodist University on advice of a friend
but received no reply. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Joanne Walen
 

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