Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Ecrire L'histoire Romaine Au Debut Du XIIIe Siecle

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Ecrire L'histoire Romaine Au Debut Du XIIIe Siecle

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Catherine Croizy-Naquet, Ecrire l'histoire romaine au debut du XIIIe tide, Nouvelle Bibliotheque du moyen age 53 (Paris: Honore Champion, 1999). 345 pp. ISBN 27453-0134-9. F. Fr. 310.00. Author of numerous works on 'ancient history' in the French Middle Ages, here Catherine Croizy-Naquet gives us a detailed descriptive study of 'Rome' in two thirteenth-century adaptations, the Histoire ancienne jusqu'a Cesar and Les Faits des Domains. As the former is a universal history from Genesis to Caesar's invasion of Gaul, 'Rome' is only a portion, and as the latter (never completed) survives only in its opening section, on Caesar himself (based on Sallust, Suetonius, and Lucan), its 'Rome' is rather particular. Croizy-Naquet's strengths, here as elsewhere, lie in her close attention to detail; she is less interested in arguments which have occupied medieval scholarship outside France, such as those on the conceptual problems of generic difference (how far 'history' or 'literature' of 'truth' might mean the same things in the thirteenth century as now) or the presuppositions of translation (as adaptation) or even the status of narratives about the past (and thus ostensibly legitimized), but which function as polemic, celebration, or exempla. …

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