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Re: "Alarbes"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1882  Thursday, 5 October 2000.

[1]     From:   Marcus Dahl <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 4 Oct 2000 12:49:19 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1873 "Alarbes"

[2]     From:   Sophie Masson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Oct 2000 08:38:41 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1873 "Alarbes"

[3]     From:   Abdulla Al-Dabbagh <
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        Date:   Thu, 5 Oct 2000 00:18:54 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1873 "Alarbes"


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From:           Marcus Dahl <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 Oct 2000 12:49:19 EDT
Subject: 11.1873 "Alarbes"
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1873 "Alarbes"

Without knowing the particular passage "Alarbes" could be a misprint of
"Arabes" given the nonspecific non-Europeanism of "Wild Africans" and
"Lawless..."

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From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Oct 2000 08:38:41 +1000
Subject: 11.1873 "Alarbes"
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1873 "Alarbes"

Could they be the Alans, close relatives of the Scythians--Caucasian
people?  The Alans were famous for their lawlessness but generally good
fighting skills. The Romans also used them as mercenaries; there were
Alan garrisons in England as well as other places. However they also
enthusiastically changed sides and attacked the Romans.

Sophie Masson

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From:           Abdulla Al-Dabbagh <
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Date:           Thu, 5 Oct 2000 00:18:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 11.1873 "Alarbes"
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1873 "Alarbes"

Morphologically the word is too close to the Arabic word "Al-Arab",
meaning the Arabs, to refer to anyone else, which also fits the context.

Regards, Abdulla al-Dabbagh
 

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