The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0662  Tuesday, 20 March 2001

From:           Peterson-Kranz Karen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 18 Mar 2001 05:44:47 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 12.0596 Re: Plato's Symposium
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0596 Re: Plato's Symposium

Not specifically about the Symposium, but this does speak to the issue
of (at least aristocratic) knowledge of Plato, and Greek, in 16th
century England, even if indirectly.

"Before I went into Germanie, I came to Brodegate in Lecetershire, to
take my leaue of that noble Ladie Iane Grey, to whom I was exceding moch
beholdinge.  Hir parentes, the Duke and Duches, with all the houshould,
Gentlemen and Gentlewomen, were huntinge in the Parke: I founde her, in
her Chamber, readinge Phaedon Platonis in Greeke, and that with as moch
delite, as som ientleman woud read a merie tale in Bocase.  After
salutation, and dewtie done, with som other taulke, I asked hir, whie
she wold leese soch pastime in the Parke? smiling she answered me: I
wisse, all their sporte in the Parke is but a shadoe to that pleasure,
that I find in Plato: Alas good folke, they neuer felt, what trewe
pleasure ment."

>From Roger Ascham's *Scholemaster*,

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