4 Geography (cont’d)Venice controlled the island of Cyprus fromThe 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.
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 VenetiansMost 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) MoorsBlack nomadic people of the northern shores of Africa, originally the inhabitants of MauretaniaConverted to Islam in the 8th century
10 Moors (cont’d)Invaded Spain in 711 and dominated until the 11th centuryhad great dynasties up until 1492, when the last of their cities was conquered by Spainvirtually 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 geniusYet his marriage to Desdemona reflects the prevailing view toward interracial marriage.
12 Works CitedChronological History of Cyprus Ege Universitesi. 9 Feb <.ege.edu.tr/~ncyprus/cyp1.html>.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 <.ege.edu.tr/~ncyprus/venedik.html>.