Thank you Alana for putting those posts on Shakespeare.
My first memories of reading his work, is in grade 7 as abridged version of Merchant of Venice.
By high school we had a 5 text books for English(ICSE syllabus)
Julius Caesar was our drama text book.
Act 1, scene 1
"Hence home you idle creatures, get you home!!"
Enter Flavius, Marralus & throng of citizens.
I can recite few scenes by heart. Now that's etched on my grey cells forever.
To get better grasp of old English, we had to converse with thou, thy, sentences ; write essays/autobiography passages with old English & finally enact few scenes periodically.
For costumes, we folded old white bedsheets into halves & cut a round hole for the neck at the folding lines...thatz the unisex toga!!
Btw, that edition of the book had in page 10, had a nude roman statute. Now that was very scandalous for a growing body n mind ;-)
So this fun continued for 2 years. High school are best days of my life!!!