Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Oesterley: Gesta Romanorum
Gesta Romanorum, ed. H. Oesterley. 1872.
One of my very favorite medieval Latin collections of stories is the Gesta Romanorum. It exists in many editions, and not just in Latin - but the place I always start from is Oesterley's magnificent edition of the Gesta. Most importantly, in the back of Oesterley's Gesta, at page 714, you can find his notes about parallel versions of the stories in other classical and medieval sources. It is invaluable! The reason I was prompted to write about this book today was because I shared one of the stories with a Latin student over at the TextKit Latin Learning Forums! :-)