Shakespeare’s Latin and Greek

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There are few facts about Shakespeare that are universally agreed upon as true, but one of these is that he didn’t know Latin or Greek. And now this is up for debate. Ben Jonson famously wrote, “And though thou hadst small Latin and less Greek” in reference to Shakespeare, using “though” to mean “if”—an obsolete use of the word. This suggests that he was actually praising Shakespeare; Jonson was saying Shakespeare would have been better than the classical playwrights even if he hadn’t known Latin or Greek (which he did). Read full article here

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