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Notes for lines 2951-end ed. Hardin A. Aasand
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3385-6 Ham. Doost thou thinke Alexander lookt a this fa|shion i’th earth? 
1865 hal
3385-6 Alexander . . . earth] Halliwell (ed. 1865) : “He told the King and the ladies plainly speaking of death and of the skulls and bones of dead men and women, how there is no difference; that nobody could tell that of the great Marius or Alexander from a pyoneer; nor, for all the pains the ladies take with their faces, he that should look in a charnel-house could not distinguish which was Cleopatra’s, or fair Rosamond’s, or Jane Shore’s.—Pepys, 25 Mar. 1664.”
1899 ard1
3385 Alexander] Dowden (ed. 1899): “Perhaps Shakespeare thought of Alexander’s beauty and sweet smell as well as of his conquests. North’s Plutarch: ‘Alexander had a very faire white colour mingled also with red . . . his skin has a marvellous good favour . . . his bodie has do sweet a smell’ that his apparel ‘took thereof a passing delightfuls avour.’ His corpse remained ‘many days naked without buriall, in a hote drie countrie,’ yet was ‘still a cleane and faire corps as could be’ (Life of Alexander).”
1980 pen2
3385 Alexander] Spencer (ed. 1980): “(the Great).”
1982 ard2
3385 Alexander] Jenkins (ed. 1982): “From ancient times Alexander was regularly cited in meditations on Death the leveller. See, e.g., Lucian’s Dialogues of the Dead, xii-xiv. Marcus Aurelius (vi. 24)) comments on the sameness of the dust of Alexander and his groom.”
3385-6 Jenkins (ed. 1982): “Alexander in life was noted for his ‘very fair white colour’ and a body of ‘so sweet a smell’ that his apparel ‘took thereof a passing delightful savour, as if it had been perfumed’ (North’s Plutarch, Tudor Trans. iv. 301).”
1984 chal
chal : pen2; Q2 VN
3385 Alexander]
1992 fol2
fol2: standard
3385 Alexander] Mowat & Werstine (ed. 1992): “Alexander the Great, who died in 323 B.C. as ruler of the known world.”
1993 dent
3385 Alexander] Andrews (ed. 1989): “Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.), the Greek general who amassed more territory than anyone prior to him; he sat down and wept when he realized that there were no more lands for him to conquer.”
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