He made them much more personable to the common people: Ovid spoke to Shakespeare the same way Shakespeare speaks to us: A logical question accompanying the study of classics is a simple one, but it reflects the attitude many have held against the classical tradition: Cambridge University Press,1.
Shakespeare not only probably translated some of the ancient texts for his own purposes and projects, but he was also sufficiently well versed in the classics to have borrowed inspiration from a range of classical sources from history to poetry and drama.
Many imply that his education lacked a fundamental element of at least some Latin, the mark of an educated man in Elizabethan England.
The Spanish humanist scholar Juan Luis Vives said it best when discussing the enduring nature of classics and the ancient world in general: Instead, Classics as a whole influenced the work of William Shakespeare more than any one other literary collection, including the Bible, and vice versa.
Even then, rudimentary knowledge of Classics through Latin and Greek language study had long been a mark of privilege and education. But similar changes do not ever take place in the essential nature of human beings, that is in the foundations of the affections of the human mind, and the results [that] they produce on actions and volitions.
Although it is now accepted that Shakespeare co-authored a few plays, new studies using stylometrics such as the Claremont Shakespeare Clinic employ complex computer analyses of many elements of style in order to demonstrate to most scholars that single authorship suffices to explain who wrote the bulk of the work attributed to Shakespeare alone.
How did Shakespeare use selected classical sources to re-tell some of the greatest components of the classics as well as derive much of his own inspiration directly from these same anthologies?
This face has far more significance than the raising of such questions as how the ancients built their houses or how they clothed themselves. Who Wrote Shakespearedemeans intelligent people everywhere who have brilliance without upper class privilege yet have made great literary contributions nonetheless.
Oxford University Press, What Shakespeare did for the classics and their influence during Elizabethan England was unique. Some scholars have spent their entire careers researching and debating to what extent Shakespeare used the classics.
Like many, Shakespeare may have been a bit rusty with or forgotten some of his noun declensions, verb conjugations and obscure Latin vocabulary, but he was far from being the illiterate actor that some continue to paint him. Oxford University Press, As Muir and others have noted, even the transformation of Bottom into a donkey is a well-known borrowing from The Golden Ass of Apuleius circa AD where the protagonist Lucius is likewise bestialized for his errant explorations in magic.
Simon and Schuster, Vives,  At the very root of the classical tradition lies the essence of what makes us human. Charles Martindale and A. Some Greek was also taught at the Stratford school.
By the time popular interest began to shift from the works themselves to the life of the author, it was difficult to learn much about what Shakespeare was like. Through his numerous plays and mentions of classical themes, stories, and myths, he not only preserved an invaluable tradition, but he also gave the classics a different face.
Classics is a discipline dedicating its entire focus and energies on the events of the past, whether it be the study of dead languages or the happenings of societies extinct for thousands of years. The most endearing quality, however, is the way that the same problems and issues comprising the human condition are still there, often unchanged from the way they were thousands of years ago.
Second, we should look at how Shakespeare used the classics for direct inspiration or re-told ancient stories.
Shakespeare and the Classics: Shakespeare and the Classical Tradition:by Andrew Phillips and Patrick Hunt The authors of this article are amusingly inspired by the coincidence that in one of the Masters of Shakespeare’s Stratford Grammar School (King’s New School) was Simon Hunt and that the will of a fellow actor named Augustine Phillips bequeathed the Bard thirty gold shillings inDownload