Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Etude Philologique et Littéraire Sur 'Le Roman De Jules Cesar'

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Etude Philologique et Littéraire Sur 'Le Roman De Jules Cesar'

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Oliver Collet, Etude philologique et littéraire sur 'Le Roman de Jules Cesar', Publications romanes et françaises 207 (Geneva: Droz, 1995). 212 pp. Sw. Fr. 43. This is the promised introductory volume to the text of the Roman published in 199}. After a detailed description of the manuscripts and analysis of their dialects (complete with illustrations, including one in colour), Oliver Collet devotes over a hundred pages to a study of the text. He sets the work in the complex context of other 'ancient histories', the chansons de geste and the romans courtois, He shows that the Roman is by no means a straightforward 'translation', since it is less an account of the civil war and more an apology for the necessary advent of Caesar. Collet connects it to the prose Hystore de Julius Cesar and attributes both to the same author, Jean de Thuin. Both texts must post-date the Fais des Romains (c. 121 j), and antedate Flamenca, but it is not possible to be more precise about when in the course of the thirteenth century they were written, although Collet has a preference for the 1260s. …

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