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Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0519  Tuesday, 18 March 2003

From:           Don Bloom <
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Date:           Monday, 17 Mar 2003 07:45:33 -0600
Subject: 14.0484 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0484 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist

Colin Cox writes:

>Cassius married Brutus' half-sister, Junia. Actually this connection
>gives more fuel to Cassius' fire. It was rumoured Servilia, Brutus'
>mother and mistress to Caesar (he gave her a pearl worth more than a
>million denarii!), had permitted Caesar to seduce her daughter Junia,
>Cassius' wife!

Could I have a clarification here? Rumored where? What is the degree of
reliability of this rumor and rumor-monger? Was Shakespeare likely to
know of it?

And, finally, what does the phrase "had permitted Caesar to seduce her
daughter" mean? Did he ask her permission? Could she have stopped him by
refusing it?

(Is there a parallel to the Woody Allen case of a few years ago?)

Cheers,
don

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