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Titus Andronicus (Etymology Query)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0453  Thursday, 18 November 2010

From:         Will Sharpe <
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Date:         November 17, 2010 2:39:35 PM EST
Subject:      Titus Andronicus (Etymology Query)

Dear Shaksperians,
 
Does anybody know if the word 'virgin' is cognate with the tale of Virginius, 
recorded in Livy as slaying his daughter Virginia to prevent her losing her chastity 
to Appius' ravishment (see Titus, 5.3.36-8)? No editor of the play attempts or even 
acknowledges this question, and OED offers no satisfactory etymological explanation. 
I therefore realise this may a tough one to answer, but I thought I'd throw it out 
there in the hope that someone knows, or, at least, that others might agree with me 
in acknowledging that this is an interesting and obvious question for editions of 
the play to address.
 
Hopefully,
Will Sharpe


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