Performance and Urban Space in Shakespeare’s Rome, or ‘S.P.Q.L.’

  • D. J. Hopkins

Abstract

In the decades bracketing 1600, English popular culture appropriated Rome as a valuable model for the reimagining of London and its spaces. Not only did Rome provide a precedent for those seeking to authorize and consolidate power, but it also served as a site of contest where existing social relations could be explored, reconsidered, and troubled. Caesarism was in the air, and Shakespeare’s London ‘saw its problems mirrored in the wide glass of Roman history,’2 from the references to Rome that riddle John Stow’s late Elizabethan Survey of London3 to the elaborately Romanate royal entry of James I.

Keywords

Europe Coherence Tral Ghost Metaphor 

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