The Romance of Thebes (Roman de Thebes)

French of England Translation Series (FRETS), Vol. 11

The Romance of Thèbes (Roman de Thebes)

Translated by Joan M. Ferrante and Robert W. Hanning
2018 | 366 + xii pp. | 1 ills. | 978-0-86698-586-4 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 529 | $74 |

FRETS v.11. Many well-known medieval figures take center stage in the story of the siege of Thebes, one of the earliest reworkings of classical material by which medieval Europe constructed its identity as successor to Greece and Rome. Questions of the nature and scope of European identity are with us as vividly as ever today and the Romance of Thebes has a foundational role in these questions, since it codes the Western aspects of the Mediterranean inheritance as the defining ones for Europe.

It has been thirty years since the Roman de Thèbes received its only translation into English, though there have been several recent translations into modern French. Ferrante and Hanning offer here a new translation that speaks to the post-nationalizing turn in literary studies and to renewed respect for individual manuscript versions.