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Re: Mythological Allusions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0125  Friday, 24 January 2003

From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Jan 2003 13:46:47 -0600
Subject:        Mythological Allusions

Joe Canzoneri askes about a guide to the myths Shakespeare knew.

An early venture is still in print and accurate within its limits.  The
myths are arranged in alphabetical order with a few words about where
Sh. uses each.  This is Robert K. Root. Classical Mythology in
Shakespeare Yale Studies in English 1903.  Root shows that roughly 80%
of Shakespeare's mythological allusions are to Ovid and nearly all of
the remainder to Virgil.  Half a century  later is another alphabetical
listing showing that the Classical myths come to Sh. by way especially
of a Renaissance dictionary by one Thomas Cooper (1565) a copy of which
was in Shakespeare's classroom when he was a boy.  See DeWitt T. Starnes
and Ernest W. Talbert,  Classical Myth and Legend in Renaissance
Dictionaries (1955).

Cheers for reference books!

John Velz

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