The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0812  Friday, 15 March 2002

From:           Sean Lawrence <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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.


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