Venus and Adonis | University of Oxford

Venus and Adonis

Professor Katherine Duncan-Jones
13:00 - 13:30
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BG

Lecture Theatre

Lectures and seminars
Free
Yes
Recommended

In 1592-93, with London playhouses closed because of plague, Shakespeare wrote his most technically perfect work. Venus and Adonis (1593) is a highly original 'take' on the ancient Greek myth of the doomed Adonis - presented here as a pubertal boy incapable of responding to the goddess's amorous advances. It was a tearaway success with Elizabethan readers.