|2 And so, after scanning some old Greek and Roman writings about the deeds of ancient heathens like aJulius Caesar and bCleopatra and so forth, he decided to invent something brand-new,
3 Called history,
4 Which he tried out in a large number of plays,
5 Called 'cJulius Caesar,' 'dAntony and Cleopatra,' 'eHenry IV, Part II,' 'fRichard III,' and so forth.
6 The important thing about history was that you had to write about real characters and real events, based strictly on the facts you had,
||7 gAnd whatever facts you could make up,
8 hSo that the audience would believe they were really seeing it the way it was.
9 Shakespeare's invention of history was such a gigantic success that it convinced all the Giants to take all their many new inventions, such as art and science and politics and literature, out into the world and start making new history of their own,
10 Which they did,
11 And explains why there came to be a Modern Age,
12 Which means an age so full of tragic events that it seems like some big icomedy of errors.