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Fletcher and the classics
Domenico Lovascio

dialogue between Hiero and the poet Simonides set in 474 BCE, is the first literary work ever to investigate the tyrant's inner life. Cf. Robert S. Miola, ‘ Julius Caesar and the Tyrannicide Debate’, Renaissance Quarterly 38 (1985), 271–89 (280 n.23); William A. Armstrong, ‘The Elizabethan Conception of the Tyrant’, Review of English Studies 22 (1946), 161–81 (174–6). See also Silvia Bigliazzi, ‘Introduction: The Tyrant's Fear’, Comparative Drama 51 (2017), 434–54; Francesco Dall’Olio, ‘Xenophon and Plato in Elizabethan Culture: The Tyrant's Fear Before Macbeth

in John Fletcher’s Rome
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James Doelman

from the Greek Anthology which was ascribed to Plato (a love one, at that!) and one from the Anthologia Latina frequently fathered upon Julius Caesar, Augustus or Germanicus. Fitzgerald recounts an anecdote from Macrobius, where Augustus turns the tables and presents a Greek epigram to a poet expecting patronage,95 and Suetonius wrote of that same emperor that he had a book of epigrams, ‘which he composed for the most part at the time of the bath’.96 Fallen royal favourites were particularly likely to have such poems attributed to them. The Earl of Essex was the

in The epigram in England, 1590–1640
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Peter Redford

1614.] 201r–201v 263 James R Trustie and right welbeloved Counsellors, and Trustie & Welbeloved wee greete you well. sithence wee dyd of late for the ease of our Counsell [...] Hand S. Two-page copy of letter from James I to Sir John Herbert, Sir Julius Caesar et al. 16 Nov 1609. 202r 264 After my hartie comendacions his Majestie hath understanding from Sir Henry Wootton his ambassador resident in Venice [...] Hand S. One-page letter promulgating the agreement on behaviour of English merchant ships in Venetian waters, negotiated by Sir Henry Wotton in May. See

in The Burley manuscript
Warren Oakley

world of Julius Caesar or the primitive Scotland of Macbeth – those materials had been the triumph of his art.20 With an air of resignation, Kemble would write a terse, matter-of-fact note in his journal later that day: This morning, between four and five o’clock, a fire broke out in Covent Garden Theatre which, in less than two hours time, consumed it to the ground. We have [?] not been able to discover the cause of this misfortune.21 The fire should not have been a cause of great surprise. Despite housing irreplaceable treasures, there was a merciless inevitability

in Thomas ‘Jupiter’ Harris
Marie Helena Loughlin

Committed royalist and early proponent of the Royal Society, Abraham Cowley wrote a tract in support of the advancement of science, lyric verse, and translations from the classics. At Cambridge Richard Crashaw became fluent in several ancient and modern languages, and began writing verse, publishing a volume of Latin sacred poetry in 1634. Apart from writing the most famous plays in English literature, William Shakespeare produced the narrative poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece, as well as Sonnets. Like all Charles Goodall's homoerotic lyrics in Poetical Recreations that were reprinted in Poems and Translations, 'Idyll 23' is recast in heteroerotic terms, transforming the poem's scornful young man into a merciless young woman. Founder of the gossip-mongering periodical Female Tattler, Thomas Baker had varying success with his plays: the popular The Humour of the Age led to the acting company's prosecution for public immorality.

in Same-Sex Desire in Early Modern England, 1550–1735
Marie Helena Loughlin

’s experiencing excessive desire like Aurelius’s. 9 drenched … mouth Cf. n7. 10 Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar (100–44 bce), Roman general. Caesar’s ‘bisexuality’ was well known. For Caesar’s purported same-sex relationship with King Nicomedes, 7 196 Loughlin, Same-sex desire in early modern England.indd 196 18/12/2013 15:25:11 The Classical Tradition in Translation The same ill courses both pursue. No wonder, both alike inclined Have the same vices of the mind, Which on it still impressed shall stay, Hopeless of being washed away. One bed has always both contained, Both

in Same-Sex Desire in Early Modern England, 1550–1735
Sukanta Chaudhuri

Pastoral Poetry of the English Renaissance contains the text of the poems with brief headnotes giving date, source and other basic information, and footnotes with full annotation.

in Pastoral poetry of the English Renaissance

Ralph Knevet's Supplement of the Faery Queene (1635) is a narrative and allegorical work, which weaves together a complex collection of tales and episodes, featuring knights, ladies, sorcerers, monsters, vertiginous fortresses and deadly battles – a chivalric romp in Spenser's cod medieval style. The poem shadows recent English history, and the major military and political events of the Thirty Years War. But the Supplement is also an ambitiously intertextual poem, weaving together materials from mythic, literary, historical, scientific, theological, and many other kinds of written sources. Its encyclopaedic ambitions combine with Knevet's historical focus to produce an allegorical epic poem of considerable interest and power.

This new edition of Knevet's Supplement, the first scholarly text of the poem ever published, situates it in its literary, historical, biographical, and intellectual contexts. An extensive introduction and copious critical commentary, positioned at the back of the book, will enable students and scholars alike to access Knevet's complicated and enigmatic meanings, structures, and allusions.

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A poetics of passing out
Naomi Booth

chapter are abyssal: they stage a fall into the dark depths of a body that is inaccessible to the modes of ‘reading’ attempted by other characters in the plays. I read swoons in Much Ado About Nothing (1598), Julius Caesar ( c .1599) and Othello (1604), because these are plays in which bodies are explicitly presented as texts to be read and deciphered – and swooning reveals such processes of reading to be complex, fraught, and/or tragically flawed. Each swoon I draw into focus here occurs when the body cannot be parsed through the signifying systems available

in Swoon
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Christopher Burlinson
Andrew Zurcher

, of which this Cheiftaine has none. 44.1 phantasmes] illusions. 44.7 vnbridled] unrestrained. 44.8-9] This one more bold may suggest the stabbing of Julius Caesar in 44BC by Marcus Junius Brutus, leader of the conspiracy against him. 45.5 represse] put down. 45.6 pinch] corner, surround; or perhaps bite. 45.6 embosted] exhausted. 45.7 haunches] legs, loins. 45.9 start] jump back. 46.3 dismay] daunt. 46.5 Lethes streames] the River Lethe, one of the rivers of Hell, the waters of which induced forgetfulness of life. 46.6 balefull stoure] dreadful battle (or period of

in A Supplement of the Faery Queene