Re: Just what did those Elizabethan schoolboys read
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1343 Thursday, 29 July 1999.
From: H. R. Greenberg <
Date: Wednesday, 28 Jul 1999 23:44:14 EDT
Subject: Re: Just what did those Elizabethan schoolboys read?
I read with interest the post about Cicero and Shakespeare's Latinate
exposure with memories of being bored to somnolence by the speeches I
read in high school, of which I remember only "Cartago delenda est" or
some such. Apropos of little Latin and less Greek, Jack Aubrey, brave
captain of the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey Maturin novels has analogous
memories of his mid l8th century village teacher whaling Latin into-or
out of-him. I cannot believe it was much different in a Stratford
Elizabethan schoolhouse such as the latter day Bard attended.
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