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Latin Culture And Oriental Wisdom

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In the course of centuries, Latin culture assimilated the timeless wisdom of oriental tales, adjoining them to its own heritage of fables and apologues. To be sure nothing is more of a wanderer than a good reflective story, and the migrations of narrative motifs and themes through civilizations are a rich and well exploited field of inquiry. Nevertheless, Latin in medieval times was a sine qua non, an all but compulsory passage between originals and the various vernacular languages. From the Latin used for tales, often a current Latin, simple and easy to transpose into whatever local current language, narrative themes and motifs circulated throughout the West. This chapter looks at the added value, that is to say what the adaptors thought proper to add to the original matter in order to appropriate it to themselves and assimilate it to their own cultural codes.

Keywords: Latin culture; oriental tales; oriental wisdom

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