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Re: Almost Damn'd
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0812  Friday, 15 March 2002

From:           Sean Lawrence <
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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.

Cheers,
Se

 

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