The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2308 Wednesday, 29 December 1999.
Date: Monday, 27 Dec 1999 00:47:19 -0500
Subject: The Seacoast of Boeotia
The notion that anyone with the vaguest knowledge of European geography
and history would place Bohemia in the Hellenic world, and give Bohemia
a seacoast and a king with a typical Greek name is ridiculous. I
speculate therefore that WS, or the compositor, confused Bohemia with
some Hellenic country, most probably Boeotia. Boeotia was a city state
(and a confederation of city states) which was at its height when
Syracuse was the second most influential city in the Hellenic world, and
dominated all of Sicily.