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Re: Who's Who in Hell
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0417  Monday, 28 February 2000.

From:           Judith Matthews Craig <
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Date:           Sunday, 27 Feb 2000 14:58:16 -0600
Subject: 11.0395 Re: Who's Who in Hell
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0395 Re: Who's Who in Hell

Clifford Stetner writes:

<Since comedy and tragedy both predate heaven and hell,
<why not define
<the latter in terms of the former rather than vice versa?

I have been a good "do-be" and been offlist for awhile-berating the
classicists I guess-but check out Plato's Symposium d.3-5 (p. 574,
Hamilton and Cairns edition):

"But the gist of it was that Socrates was forcing them to admit that the
same man might be capable of writing both comedy and tragedy-that the
tragic poet might e a comedian as well."

I have always wondered how much Greek Shakespeare really knew.   Such
parallels in classic literature have always intrigued me, and being
"Greek-less" myself, (and disliked by the establishment), I wonder if he
got some ideas from his school-boy reading at Stratford and carried them
out in later life.  He certainly did use classic literature in
constructing his comedies, and they say his Latin education was as good
as our college Latin curriculum.  Just thinking out here on the lone
prairie . . . .

Judy Craig
 

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