How the Classics Made Shakespeare

How the Classics Made Shakespeare[PDF / Epub] ☉ How the Classics Made Shakespeare By Jonathan Bate – From one of our most eminent and accessible literary critics a groundbreaking account of how the Greek and Roman classics forged Shakespeare's imaginationBen Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of hav From one of our most Classics Made Kindle ´ eminent and accessible literary critics a groundbreaking account of how the Greek and Roman classics How the ePUB × forged Shakespeare's imaginationBen Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having small Latin and less Greek But he was exaggerating Shakespeare was steeped the Classics Made PDF ↠ in the classics Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature history and rhetoric he moved to London a city that modeled itself on ancient Rome He worked in a theatrical profession that had inherited the conventions and forms of classical drama and he read deeply in Ovid Virgil and Seneca In a book of extraordinary range acclaimed literary critic and biographer Jonathan Bate one of the world's leading authorities on Shakespeare offers groundbreaking insights into how perhaps than any other influence the classics made Shakespeare the writer he becameRevealing in new depth the influence of Cicero and Horace on Shakespeare and finding new links between him and classical traditions ranging from myths and magic to monuments and politics Bate offers striking new readings of a wide array of the plays and poems At the heart of the book is an argument that Shakespeare's supreme valuation of the force of imagination was honed by the classical tradition and designed as a defense of poetry and theater in a hostile world of emergent PuritanismRounded off with a fascinating account of how Shakespeare became our modern classic and has ended up playing much the same role for us as the Greek and Roman classics did for him How the Classics Made Shakespeare combines stylistic brilliance accessibility and scholarship demonstrating why Jonathan Bate is one of our most eminent and readable literary critics.

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  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • How the Classics Made Shakespeare
  • Jonathan Bate
  • 23 December 2015
  • 9780691161600

10 thoughts on “How the Classics Made Shakespeare

  1. Jacopo Quercia says:

    'How the Classics Made Shakespeare' is an eclectic analysis—Jonathan Bate describes it an extended argument—on the classical bedrock Shakespeare built his writing upon Bate traces these influences from the ancients Shakespeare studied in his youth to the language his contemporaries used to eulogize him in his death The result is an exhaustive study that tracks the shared DNA in the bard's work with Ovid Cicero Horace Virgil Plutarch Seneca Greek and Roman mythology the supernatural and even the romanticized idea of fame that would ultimately cement Shakespeare legacyBate's writing is a captivating surprisingly accessible study that covers than two thousand years of history without overwhelming its reader It's a refreshing look at the bard's formative years that does not dwell on old uestions with unknowable answers Bate's focus is the ancients—whom he uotes in Latin and English—and the undeniable imprint they left on Shakespeare's imagination One particularly charming example Bate mentions can be found in The Merry Wives of Windsor where a Welsh schoolmaster Shakespeare apparently had one himself gives a Latin lesson to a bright but cheeky schoolboy named William Another striking example involves the Latin reliefs that dotted buildings Shakespeare would have certainly walked past in London The result is such a captivating glimpse into the bard's life and mind that my first thoughts after closing this book were how did anyone doubt his existence?If the book has any fault it is its lack of a clearly identified introduction and conclusion While somewhat atypical this should not deter students teachers or Shakespeare admirers from enjoying this book which I should add is uite handsome and expertly formatted I know few reviewers pay attention to such details but I found them exceptional in this case Its dust jacket feels as smooth as leather its paper is thick and its text is spaced in a way that I found easy on my eyes even after hours of reading It's a welcome addition to any bookshelf and I highly recommend it 45 stars

  2. Wouter says:

    A wonderful collection of essays about how the classics informed Shakespeare's plays and how these helped to turn Shakespeare into a revered canonical author himself Collections about Shakespeare's plays often discuss his plays individually so it was a welcome change that Bate writes about themes across Shakespeare's plays giving us insight into recurring threads and interests that Shakespeare explored throughout his oeuvre An insightful and delightful read

  3. Christopher says:

    Insightful study of the many aspects of classical literature that Shakespeare embraced and which helped to shape his work Bate sets Shakespeare’s understanding of Greek and Roman literature within the wider context of Elizabethan writers’ emulation of classical culture and literary style While Shakespeare was influenced by the classical world he went beyond imitation to create a new classic literary style in English

  4. Michael P. says:

    I have written about this book in my Talking Books Update in SHAKESPEARE NEWSLETTER I won't wrong my editor by writing here

  5. Lindsay Hickman says:

    Much of a text book instead of just a fun read for the Shakespeare fan but still a good book nonetheless I was a bit shocked at some of the far reaching assumptions made by the author in the first few chapters but he seemed confident in his findings This book could've been much shorter the premise is figuring out exactly what classics of Literature Philosophy Language and Science influenced Shakespeare Within the first chapter the author clearly lines out about ten pieces of writing that he is certain influenced his writings and plays I would've liked the book had there been reasons behind them Instead of just assumptions that yes of course Shakespeare knew Latin and therefore was highly versed in Aristotle and Socrates and that of course they influenced plays A B and C Near the end of the book I really didn't appreciate the authors' leaps and basic stating that Shakespeare just took old Greek stories and remediated them into plays While I know many of the plays are not new ideas his writing language rhetoric and structure was something that was completely foreign before this time

  6. Kelly says:

    Great stuff This is exactly the type of book that makes Shakespeare comprehensible—and enjoyable Jonathan Bates’s biography of Shakespeare Soul of the Age A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare is probably the best I have ever read so I really had no choice but to read this latest book It is tremendous For those of us who have only a passing familiarity with much of Shakespeare’s source material the context Bates provides is like a tall drink of water For those interested in the subject this book is a must read

  7. Robert W. Piedrahita says:

    An absorbing readGave me wonderful and inspired insights imipramine Anthony and Cleopatra Winters Tale and Hamlet I had no idea how significant was Ovid’s Virgil Horace and Seneca’s influence had upon Shakespeare and how highly respected Shakespeare was during his lifetime Enthralled

  8. Hugh Coverly says:

    Bate demonstrates that Shakespeare read in English translation and was influenced by the classical writers Ovid Horace and Virgil among others Ironically by using the classical writers Shakespeare became a classical English writer

  9. Bob Croft says:

    Various essays

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