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Shakespeare and the Constant Romans

Geoffrey Miles

Abstract

Shakespeare's Romans are intensely concerned with being ‘constant’. But, as this book shows, that virtue is far more ambiguous than is often recognized. The author begins by showing how the Stoic principle of being ‘always the same’ was shaped by two Roman writers into very different ideals: Cicero's Roman actor, playing an appropriate role with consistent decorum, and Seneca's Stoic hero, unmoved as a rock despite having been battered by adversity. Miles then traces the controversial history of these ideals through the Renaissance, focusing on the complex relationship between constancy and kn ... More

Keywords: Roman plays, stoicism, Cicero, Seneca, Stoic hero, Renaissance, constancy, Montaigne, Plutarch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198117711
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117711.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Miles, author
Victoria University of Wellington