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Re: Othello in Aleppo
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0685  Wednesday, 21 March 2001

From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 20 Mar 2001 13:49:46 -0800
Subject: 12.0652 Re: Othello in Aleppo
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0652 Re: Othello in Aleppo

Don Bloom asks,

>The question
>is why he would grow furious at a Turk insulting a Venetian before his
>professional alliance with Venice.

Well, it's not like we can know, but he might have been fighting the
Turk for reasons that had nothing to do with Venice (he was a
middle-eastern Spartacus, say, or was aligned with another local ruler)
and, the enemy of my enemy being my friend, found himself aligned with a
city-state in Europe.  In any case, we could still place Othello at
Aleppo in one of those strange moments referred to as "an accident of
war".

Cheers,
Se

 

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