|Subject:||Re: Thisbe and Tisbe|
|Author:||Anneza (guest, 188.8.131.52)|
|Date:||May 25, 2004 at 11:44:01 PM|
|Reply to:||Thisbe and Tisbe by MJ|
As Mkali says, Thisbe's originally Greek, all right - Shakespeare took the Pyramus and Thisbe story from the classics, names and all.
Not many languages make a th sound - English and Greek spring to mind! So it's likely that people living in, say, Germany would have dropped the H which they wouldn't pronounce anyway, and arrive at the Tisbe spelling that way.
This probably wouldn't happen now - so much scholarship has gone into researching the historically accurate sounds of words, and this is reflected in our versions of the old stories. I grew up with the knowledge that Ulysses met a sorceress called Circe, but kids today learn that they were Odysseus and Kirke all the time!
Which is cool - but I bet the lad in question wouldn't recognise himself as oh-DIS-ee-is; nor would I know what he would have answered to ...
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