The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0812 Friday, 15 March 2002
From: Sean Lawrence <
Date: Thursday, 14 Mar 2002 10:19:05 -0800
Subject: 13.07391 Re: Almost Damn'd
Comment: Re: SHK 13.07391 Re: Almost Damn'd
David Bishop points out that "has a reputation both for high
civilization (one reason Othello appoints Cassio: he aspires to
something higher) and for decadence."
I'm wondering if it also had, in Shakespeare's time, a reputation for
mathematics. It was, after all, the home of Leonardo, and Cassio is
described as "a great arithematician" (1.1.18), which is surely another
reason why Othello hired him.