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Author Wills, Garry, 1934- author

Title Rome and rhetoric : Shakespeare's Julius Caesar / Garry Wills
Published New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (186 pages)
Series The Anthony Hecht lectures in the humanities
Anthony Hecht lectures in the humanities.
Contents Caesar: mighty yet -- Brutus: rhetoric verbal and visual -- Antony: the fox knows many things -- Cassius: parallel lives
Summary Renaissance plays and poetry in England were saturated with the formal rhetorical twists that Latin education made familiar to audiences and readers. Yet a formally educated man like Ben Jonson was unable to make these ornaments come to life in his two classical Roman plays. Garry Wills, focusing his attention on Julius Caesar, here demonstrates how Shakespeare so wonderfully made these ancient devices vivid, giving his characters their own personal styles of Roman speech. Shakespeare also makes Rome present and animate by casting his troupe of experienced players to make their strengths shine through the historical facts that Plutarch supplied him with. The result is that the Rome English-speaking people carry about in their minds is the Rome that Shakespeare created for them. And that is even true, Wills affirms, for today's classical scholars with access to the original Roman sources.--From publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Caesar, Julius -- In literature.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Julius Caesar.
Rhetoric, Renaissance.
Rome -- In literature.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011017965
ISBN 0300178492 (electronic bk.)
9780300178494 (electronic bk.)