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Re: Essential Macbeth and Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2511  Wednesday, 31 October 2001

From:           Tony Burton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Oct 2001 13:53:28 -0500
Subject: 12.2500 Re: Essential Macbeth and Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2500 Re: Essential Macbeth and Hamlet

Dana Shilling's suggested parallels between the names Coriolanus and
Polonius stir up an old interest of mine, and I recall reading an
article quite a few years ago explaining that the honorific Coriolanus,
earned because of the victory at Corioli, was constructed according to
grammatical rules different from those which might relate Polonius with
Polonia, which (as it was argued), was the Latin form of the name for
Poland.  Therefore, the name Polonius appeared not to be constructed
according to the Latin rules for such geographically-based honorifics,
and certainly could not be so explained by analogy with Coriolanus.

The topic still interests me, and I would be grateful if anyone on the
list could save me physical and intellectual exertion, by redirecting me
to the article in question.

Tony B

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