Libro de los Siete Sabios de Roma

Libro de los Siete Sabios de Roma

Originating in India: seven wise men tell stories to illustrate the alleged lies and perversion of women

  1. Medieval Europeans were great fascinated by prophecy and sought prophetic texts from as far as India

  2. This text was translated from Sanskrit to Persian, then Arabic, then Hebrew, then Latin, and finally into Spanish

  3. Printed ca. 1510 in Seville, this codex is based on a Latin manuscript originating ca. 1330

Libro de los Siete Sabios de Roma

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Libro de los Siete Sabios de Roma

Medieval Europeans were great fascinated by prophecy – they looked for clues about the future in biblical texts, pagan works from classical antiquity, and far beyond the known world in the mysterious and mystical East. This Spanish text concerning seven sages is based on a story that originated in India and underwent a long westward journey one translation at a time. It is also noteworthy for being one of the earliest Spanish printed books.

Libro de los Siete Sabios de Roma

A very old collection of stories and apologues from India, which were popular throughout the Middle Ages and were a part of the Sendebar occidental cycle. This particular specimen is the result of manifold translations: from Sanskrit to Persian, then Persian to Arabic, then Arabic to Hebrew, then Hebrew to Latin, and finally into Spanish. Various textual traditions developed as a result. This particular text, known as the Historia septem sapientum Romae, originated ca. 1330 and this codex, printed ca. 1510 in Seville, represents the first to be printed in Spain with subsequent editions appearing until the 19th century. In the book, seven sages retell stories with the purpose of illustrating the lies, deceitfulness, astuteness and perversion of women. These stories are presented with a combination of lightheartedness and a form that is grave and doctrinal. It concludes by saying: “Seven were in Greece above all who were excellent… Those who studied philosophy until the time of Pythagoras were called wise. And later were called philosophers”.


Available facsimile editions:
Libro de los Siete Sabios de Roma – R/39781 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 2003
Limited Edition: 3160 copies
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#1 Libro de los Siete Sabios de Roma

Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 2003

Publisher: Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 2003
Limited Edition: 3160 copies
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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