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Friends, Romans, Countrymen
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1725  Monday, 10 October 2005

[1] 	From: 	Steve Sohmer <
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	Date: 	Friday, 7 Oct 2005 12:17:35 EDT
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1719 Friends, Romans, Countrymen

[2] 	From: 	Norman Hinton <
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	Date: 	Friday, 07 Oct 2005 11:41:12 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1719 Friends, Romans, Countrymen


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From: 		Steve Sohmer <
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Date: 		Friday, 7 Oct 2005 12:17:35 EDT
Subject: 16.1719 Friends, Romans, Countrymen
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1719 Friends, Romans, Countrymen

Dear John Briggs (and Friends),

The Feast of Longinus (15 March) is noted in the Legenda Aurea, quite 
the bestseller in Shakespeare's time.

Hope this helps.

Steve

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From: 		Norman Hinton <
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Date: 		Friday, 07 Oct 2005 11:41:12 -0500
Subject: 16.1719 Friends, Romans, Countrymen
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1719 Friends, Romans, Countrymen

Though Longinus' feast day is celebrated, there is a good deal of 
skepticism about his very existence under that name.  I shouldn't be 
surprised if the Bollandists remove him from the Calendar some day.

The name 'Longinus' is given to that person in the apocryphal Gospel of 
Nicodemus.

The name is probably derived from the Greek 'longche', meaning "lance".

Cf. Rose Peebles, _The Legend of Longinus in Ecclesiastical Tradition 
and its Connection with the Grail_, Bryn Mawr College Monographs, ix (1913).

 >Has anyone noticed that 15 March -- the Ides of March -- is the Feast
 >of Longinus, the centurion who lanced Christ on the cross, and whose
 >sight was cured of incipient blindness by the touch of His blood (in
 >the Legenda Aurea)? Cassius' full name was Gaius Cassius Longinus.
 >Think Shakespeare could have missed that?

Quite possibly, because the feast is in neither the Sarum Calendar nor 
the Book of Common Prayer.  I can't tell if it was actually in the 
Tridentine Roman Calendar.

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