Ancient Persia, Early Modern England, and the Labours of “Reception”

  • Jane Grogan
Part of the New Transculturalisms, 1400–1800 book series (NETRANS)


This chapter studies a copy of the first English translation of Xenophon’s Cyropaedia held at the Huntington Library, its first reception during the second half of the sixteenth century, and its later reception history among the great scholars and editors of Shakespeare in the eighteenth century. It argues for a more dynamic, dialogic model of literary reception than what the term “intertextuality” ordinarily allows. Finally, it examines the contribution this text made to the notion of Shakespeare as a native genius, free from schoolroom classicism, arguing that Richard Farmer—main proponent of this theory in his influential Essay on the Learning of Shakespeare (1767)—has been misinterpreted: Farmer presented no lone genius, but a Shakespeare engaged in a rich scholarly culture of translations and translators.


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  • Jane Grogan
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  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

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