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1 OTHELLO Historical context

2 Geography Othello takes place in two countries:
Venice Cyprus The Republic of Venice existed from It is located in present-day Italy.


4 Geography (cont’d) Venice controlled the island of Cyprus from The island was a place for commerce and a good location for the Venetian fleet in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus was lost to the Turks in 1571.

5 Cyprus is located east of Italy, in the
Mediterranean Sea. It is just south of Turkey.

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7 Geography in the Play Othello
Othello is asked to help defend Cyprus against the Ottoman Turks. Desdemona accompanies Othello to Cyprus. It is unusual that a woman would go with her husband on military business.

8 Types of People in Othello
Venetians Most are noblemen and women (Brabantio, Desdemona, Roderigo) Also, there are the nobles’ servants (Emilia) Some are soldiers (Othello, Cassio, Iago) Others are part of Venetian government (the Duke)

9 Types of People (cont’d)
Moors Black nomadic people of the northern shores of Africa, originally the inhabitants of Mauretania Converted to Islam in the 8th century

10 Moors (cont’d) Invaded Spain in 711 and dominated until the 11th century had great dynasties up until 1492, when the last of their cities was conquered by Spain virtually exterminated by Spain during the Inquisition (late 1400s-1820)

11 Moors (cont’d) Othello is a Moor
Discriminated against because of his race (black) Othello has been accepted in some ways because he is a Christian and a military genius Yet his marriage to Desdemona reflects the prevailing view toward interracial marriage.

12 Works Cited Chronological History of Cyprus Ege Universitesi. 9 Feb <>. Derhak, Dean. Muslim Spain and European Culture Muslim Spain and European Culture. 9 Feb < index/moors.htm>. Shakespeare, William. Othello. New York: Putnam, Inc.1963. The Venetian Period in Cyprus Ege Universitesi. 9 Feb <>.

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