The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0611 Wednesday, 14 March 2001
From: W. L. Godshalk <
Date: Tuesday, 13 Mar 2001 20:26:21 -0500
Subject: Othello in Aleppo
Isaac Asimov in his Guide to Shakespeare remarks: "If Othello killed a
Turk in Aleppo, he was killing him in the midst of a city of Turks and
it is not likely he would have got away alive." Asimov suggests that
Othello was originally a Moslem (when he did the Aleppo murder) who
converted to Christianity later in life.
Shakespeare mentions Aleppo twice, once in Othello (1603-4) and once in
Macbeth (1606). But I guess many people know that. Still the fact that
Shakespeare has Othello kill a Turk in Aleppo seems significant.
Yours, Bill Godshalk