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Coronis and Celiar
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0907  Tuesday, 25 April 2000.

From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Apr 2000 16:49:42 -0500
Subject:        Coronis and Celiar

Can anyone help gloss what seem to be the two proper names in this
passage? "Coronis" is the mother of Aesculapius by Apollo, though I do
not find any way to factor in that identification in the lines quoted.
Is "Celiar" possibly one of the women named Callirrhoe, by some fugitive
mythological strand? Or Cilla, the daughter of Laomedon?

Any previous occasion where these names appear together is unknown to
me.

        These two great Queens, came marching hand in hand,
        Unto the hall, where store of Princes stand:
        And people of all countries to behold,
        Coronis all clad, in purple cloth of gold:
        Celiar in robes, of silver tissue white,
        With rich rubies, and pearls all bedight.

Many thanks for any suggestions or guesses.

Frank Whigham
 

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