The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2439 Monday, 29 December 2003
Date: Saturday, 27 Dec 2003 01:13:06 -0600
Subject: Names in Ant.
In re 14.2427.
Tanner, Jeri. "The Power of Names in Shakespeare's 'Antony and
Cleopatra'." Names 35 (1987): 164-74. Mnch. 7/02.
The focus is heavily on Antony and on Cleopatra. There is an apparent
blunder when Tanner omits the derivation of Antony's nomen given in the
first sentence of Plutarch's"Life of Antonius". But there is much to
praise in this art., esp. the probable implications of terms of address
for characters present or absent.
Superstition and tradition have a major role to play. Ahaenobarbus is
literally brazen beard but that is misleading; better to translate it
redbeard. Cf. Ashley and Hanefin in this section; Tanner makes prominent
use of this reference.
[Mnch means that I saw it at the ShakespeareBibliothek Universitaet
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