The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2048 Friday, 3 December 2004
From: Peter Bridgman <
Date: Thursday, 2 Dec 2004 12:49:41 -0000
Subject: 15.2041 Harry Potter
Comment: Re: SHK 15.2041 Harry Potter
>Well, Peter. That would kind of put Ben Jonson's thoughts on his best
>bud in proper perspective, wouldn't it: "And though thou hadst small
>Latine, and lesse Greeke"?
Jonson was just showing off his university education. As Michael Wood
says in his BBC book, 'What would be 'small Latin' in his day was much
more than would be mastered by a classics graduate now'. Contemporary
grammar school syllabuses (syllabi?) tell us that WS and his pals would
have studied Ovid at the age of eight or nine. Michael Wood again:
'Late in his career, in The Tempest, he gives the correct translation of
a word in Ovid omitted in the English version by Arthur Golding'.
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