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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0450  Wednesday, 17 May 2006

From: 		Julia Griffin <
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Date: 		Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:45:29 -0400
Subject: 	Pompey

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 
be jokey.

Do other people have ideas about this?

I'd be grateful for suggestions.

Julia

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