The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0450 Wednesday, 17 May 2006
From: Julia Griffin <
Date: Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:45:29 -0400
I wondered if anyone happened to know how often Pompey takes the place
of Caesar in the list of Nine Worthies? Also: how many comic servants
called Pompey can people think of in 16th-17th-century drama (or beyond
those dates)? Heywood has one in his Rape of Lucrece; Shakespeare, of
course, in M for M. The name seems to have had a comical ring in
Elizabethan ears (maybe in anyone's, for that matter), and, outside
serious dramas on the Roman Civil War, characters called Pompey tend to
Do other people have ideas about this?
I'd be grateful for suggestions.
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