Shakespeare

Os segredos da última casa de Shakespeare

Shakespeare

Scientists have started digging under the ground where William Shakespeare’s last home stood in Stratford-upon-Avon. They hope their work will help us find out more about how Shakespeare and other people lived 400 years ago.

Rolling back centuries of speculation and digging deep into the private life of Stratford’s favourite son. The soil, untouched for 400 years, and it’s hoped – the key to understanding more about William Shakespeare’s final days. By the time he moved to New Place, Shakespeare was already a household name. But little is known about how he spent the six years he lived here and that’s what this latest dig is aiming to change.

Kevin Colls, University of Birmingham:

“I think we can learn little bits on what he was eating, what he was drinking, so his lifestyle. We can learn a little about his hobbies in terms of what he was doing with his time, but the great mystery has to be where he actually lived. Did he live in the grand house along the front of the street or did he live in the very secluded cottage as documentary evidence suggests, hidden away from view to get on with his work?”

Previous digs all found evidence of Shakespeare’s high-status household , including smoking pipes and pottery. The first almost 150 years ago, was recorded in extraordinary detail but stopped short at the foundations

It’s hoped excavating deeper than ever before, will reveal even more about William Shakespeare’s habits and shed new light on what inspired some of the most famous words ever written.

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Key Terms…
  • started digging ↔ começou a cavar
  • stood ↔ ficou
  • find out ↔ descobrir
  • speculation ↔ guessing, assuming, creating theories without evidence (suposição, criação de teorias não baseadas em provas)
  • private life ↔ the way he spent his time at home with family and friends (o modo com que ele passa o tempo com familiares e amigos)
  • household name ↔ nome familiar
  • dig ↔ here, careful scientific searching, studying and recording of objects found buried underground or under buildings (aqui significa pesquisa cietífica minuciosa que envolve o estudo e o registro de objetos encontrados enterrados ou sob prédios)
  • aiming to ↔ com o objetivo de
  • little bits ↔ pedacinhos
  • his hobbies ↔ the things he liked to do when he wasn’t working (passa-tempo, o que ele gostava de fazer quando não estava trabalhando)
  • along ↔ ao longo
  • very secluded cottage ↔ small house that is very far away from other properties (uma casa pequena bem afastada de qualquer outra construção vizinha)
  • hidden away ↔ escondido
  • high-status household ↔ place lived in by someone with wealth and a respected position in society (condição de um indivíduo com posses e respeitada posição na sociedade)
  • smoking pipes ↔ cachimbos
  • pottery ↔ cerâmica
  • stopped short at ↔ parou em (não foi além de)
  • the foundations ↔ the main blocks beneath the ground that a house is built on (as colunas subterrâneas principais que sustentam a construção da casa)
  • excavating ↔ digging, removing earth (escavação, remoção de terra)
  • habits ↔ regular, repeated actions (hábitos, ações repetidas regularmente)
  • shed new light on ↔ find new information about, make clearer (encontrar nova informação sobre algo, esclarecer)

 

speculation guessing, assuming, creating theories without evidence (suposição, criação de teorias não baseadas em provas)
Government officials dismissed the report as pure speculation.
The visit has fuelled speculation that the pair are planning to get married.
There has been a great deal of speculation about what will happen after the elections.
household name nome familiar
Um nome tradicional que está sob os holofotes é a Nike. ↔One household name under the spotlight has been Nike.
his hobbies the things he liked to do when he wasn’t working (passa-tempo, o que ele gostava de fazer quando não estava trabalhando)
My hobby is collecting coins. ↔Meu passatempo é colecionar moedas.
along ao longo
The street is somewhere along here. ↔A rua fica em algum lugar por aqui.
Go along this street for a mile. ↔Vá por essa rua por uma milha.
excavating digging, removing earth (escavação, remoção de terra)
Human remains were found during the excavation. ↔Foram encontrados restos humanos durante a escavação.

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