The Earliest Arthurian Texts:
Greek and Latin Sources of the Medieval Tradition (Texts, Translations, and Commentary)
This volume offers for the first time a comprehensive collection of all the ancient Greek and Latin sources needed to deal with figures answering to names like Arktouros, Ardus, and Artorius, where the bearers seem to have some kind of ‘Arthurian’ character. It challenges proponents of later British Arthurs to explain or explain away various Classical antecedents to the Arthurian tradition. This collection includes text and translation of over one hundred short texts concerning Arthur-figures, enabling Medieval scholars to examine for themselves the basis for claims of ‘Arthurship’ before the age of the historical Gildas. A detailed commentary is provided to introduce classicists to the Medieval tradition and vice-versa. The new texts raise as many questions as they answer; but for that very reason serious students of Arthurian origins cannot afford to ignore them.
“In this new contribution to Arthurian studies, Dr. Graham Anderson collects, translates and elucidates all the currently available for King Arthur figures already apparent many centuries before the generally recognized Arthur of the fifth and sixth centuries AD ... Professor Anderson’s commentary has performed a signal work in bringing together two legendary epochs that have too long remained apart.” – Dr. Alfred P. Smyth, Professor Emeritus of Medieval History, University of Kent
Table of Contents
Foreword by Professor A.P. Smyth
ISBN10: 0-7734-5376-8 ISBN13: 978-0-7734-5376-0