Seven Sages of Rome

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A metrical romance of the early 14th cent., varying in length in different versions from 2,500 to 4,300 lines. In form it is a framed collection of tales, derived through Latin and French from Eastern collections, the original of which is the Indian Book of Sindibad, of interest as one of the earliest English instances of the form of short verse‐story used by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales.

Subjects: Literature.

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