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  • Record Number: 46150
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Kelly , Douglas and Glyn S. Burgess
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  • Title: The Roman de Troie by Benoît de Sainte-Maure: A Translation
  • Source: The Roman de Troie by Benoît de Sainte-Maure: A Translation. Glyn S. Burgess and Douglas Kelly, translators.  Boydell & Brewer, 2017.  Pages 43 - 414. Available with a subscription from JSTOR: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7722/j.ctt1pwt4q5
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  • Article Type: Translation
  • Subject (See Also): Benoit de Sainte-Maure, Poet- Roman de Troie Classical Influences Literature – Verse Love in Literature Romance, Literary Genre Troy, Matter of
  • Award Note: Feminae Translation of the Month, March 2023
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 12
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  • Abstract:

    Benoît de Sainte-Maure's Roman de Troie, dating to around 1165, is, along with the Roman de Thèbes and the Roman d'Eneas, one of the three "romances of antiquity" (romans d'antiquité). These romances launched the plots, themes and structures of the genre, then blossoming in the hands of authors such as Chrétien de Troyes. As an account of the Trojan War, Benoît's work is of necessity a poem about war and its causes, how it was fought and what its consequences were for the combatants. But the author's choice of the octosyllabic rhyming couplet, his fondness for description, his ability to recount the intensity of personal struggles, and above all his fascination with the trials and tribulations of Love, which affect some of the work's most prominent warriors (among them Paris and his love for Helen, and Troilus and his love for Briseida), all combine to fashion this romance - in which events from long ago are presented as a reflection of the poet's own feudal and courtly worlds.

    This translation, the first into English, aims to bring the poem and the author to a wider audience. It is accompanied by an introduction and notes. —[Reproduced from the JSTOR website: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7722/j.ctt1pwt4q5]

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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Liverpool [Burgess- Emeritus Professor]; University of Wisconsin- Madison [Kelly-Emeritus Professor]
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  • Year of Publication: 2017.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 9781843845430 (print- pbk); 9781843844693 (print- hbk); 9781787440258 (online)