Ovid, Othello, and the Pontic Scythians

Baker, Christopher
January 2004
Search for Meaning: Critical Essays on Early Modern Literature;2004, p61
Literary Criticism
The article focuses on the depiction of Scythians in William Shakespeare's play Othello. In his play, Shakespeare regarded the Scythians, which is implicitly linked to the Irish and explicitly to the Moor, as having a primitive culture and living in a primitive society. They are seen as exemplars of ethnic barbarism and savagery.


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