Shakespeare’s Latin

From Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson:

‘Colman, in a note on his translation of Terence, talking of Shakspeare’s learning, asks, “What says Farmer to this? What says Johnson?” Upon this he observed, “Sir, let Farmer answer for himself: I never engaged in this controversy. I always said, Shakspeare had Latin enough to grammaticise his English.”‘

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  1. I’m sorry you couldn’t have saved this until April 16—S’s birth and death date.

    Your posts are wonderful! You’ve introduced me to a lot of authors I had never read…pointed out oddities I knew nothing of…and I’ve gone back and dusted off some of my Latin and [occasionally] Greek—thank you! Tawdry Tuesdays are my favorites, and the example of erectile dysfunction in antiquity my favorite posting!

    I would appreciate the location of your sources, if not too difficult—where the pots are located [and potter, if common] or the painter and museum for paintings you use to illustrate your work.

    Thank you! You get read everyday!


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