See also:Roman de
See also:Thebes is a poem of some To,000 lines which appears to be based, not on the Thebaid of Statius, but on an abridgment of that
See also:work . This view is supported by the omission of incidents and details which, in spite of the altered conditions under which the poem was composed, would naturally have been preserved in any imitation of the Thebaid, while again certain modifications of the Statian version can hardly be due to the author's invention but point to an
See also:ancient origin . As in other poems of the same kind, the marvellous disappears; the Greeks adopt the French methods of warfare and the French
See also:code of chivalric love . The Roman
See also:dates from. the 12th century (c . 1150-55), and is written, not in the tirades of the chansons de geste, but in octosyllabic rhymed couplets . It was once attributed to Benoit de Sainte-More; but all that can be said is that the Thebes is
See also:prior to the Roman de Troie, of which Benoit was undoubtedly the author . The Thebes is preserved also in several French
See also:prose redactions, the first of which, printed in the 16th century under the name of Edipus, belongs to the early years of the 13th century, and originally formed
See also:part of a compilation of ancient
See also:history, Histoire ancienne jusqu'd Cesar . The first
See also:volume of
See also:Les histoires de Paul Crose traduites en
See also:francais contains a
See also:free and amplified version of the Thebes, The
See also:Romance of Thebes, written about 1420 by
See also:Lydgate as a supplementary Canterbury
See also:Tale, was printed by Wynkyn de Worde about 1500 . From the Roman de Thebes also were possibly derived the Ipomedon and its sequel Prothesilaus, two romans d'aventures written about the end of the 12th century by
See also:Hue de Rotelande, an Anglo-Norman
See also:trouvere who lived in Credenhill, near Here-
See also:ford . The author asserts that he translated from a Latin
See also:lent him by
See also:Gilbert Fitz-Baderon, 4th
See also:lord of
See also:Monmouth, but in reality he has written romances of chivalry on the usual lines, the names of the characters alone being derived from antiquity . See L .
Constans, La Legende d'Oedipe etudiee daps l'antiquite au moyen age et clans les temps modernes (
See also:Paris, 1881), and in the section ' L'Epopee
See also:antique " in De Julleville's Hist. de la langue et de la lift. franeaise; Le Roman de Thebes, ed . L . Constans (
See also:des anciens textes francais (Paris, 189o) ; G .
See also:Ellis, Specimens of Early
See also:English Metrical Romances, iii . (1805) .
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