Philip Weller caricature
Philip and Weller hugging

Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to King Lear, 1.1.116: "barbarous Scythian"


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King Lear,
Act 1, Scene 1, line 116
     The savagery of the Scythians was the stuff of legend. There were actual Scythians, but the last Scythian king died about 100 BCE and they never developed a written language, so there is very little factual knowledge about their culture, including whether or not they cannibalized their own children.