The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0778 Wednesday, 12 April 2000.
Date: Wednesday, 12 Apr 2000 08:26:12 -0700
Subject: 11.0523 Re: Julius Caesar, Cesario, Ganymede
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0523 Re: Julius Caesar, Cesario, Ganymede
Florence Amit has recently suggested links to Hebrew words and names as
somehow helpful in reading passages from Shakespeare, particulrly the
name Tybalt, which she relates to the meaning "world" . While I can't
agree with her conclusions, it occurs to me as a very deficient
Hebraicist that the root t-b-l also means "destruction" and is also, I
surmise, the same as that which makes up first name of Tubal Cain, a
supposed descendant of Cain and first of the despised nomadic
metalworkers (and therefore masters of a magical transformation) known
as the Kennites. Not a bad name for a belligerent swordsman. For the
Shakespeare-Hebrew argument, and there are some other decent reasons for
considering it just barely plausible, mightn't this be a more fruitful
connection than "world"?
Perhaps some more competent linguists will intervene, if I'm mixing
etymological apples with folkloric oranges.