Seven Sages Society
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THE SEVEN SAGES SOCIETY...



















Coordinator: Hans R. Runte


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[Last updated  18 July 2017)






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... founded in 1975, is a loosely-knit, informal group of scholars and students interested in the Oriental and European versions of the Book of Sindbad [the Philosopher] and the Seven Sages of Rome. - Members of the Society have held or participated in occasional research meetings, and the Society circulates an annual Newsletter on-line and in print. - Membership in the Society and subscription to the printed Newsletter are free of charge.


The Society's activities to the end of 2013 have been archived at Archives.

























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The Seven Sages of Rome is a medieval collection of stories about wise counselors and wicked women. It was, throughout the Middle Ages and beyond, an extremely popular work which spread into virtually all European languages. This success may be said to have been founded on a number of features distinguishing The Seven Sages of Rome from other compilations of exempla. Most importantly, the stories of The Seven Sages of Rome have been organically integrated or embedded in an all-embracing frame structure which, while allowing for great diversity of subject matter, nevertheless aligns them according to a global narrative order. Killis Campbell summarizes the frame story as follows:

"A young prince is tempted by his stepmother, the queen. She, being rebuffed by him, accuses him of attempting to violate her, and he is condemned to death. His life is saved by seven wise men, who secure a stay of execution of the royal decree by entertaining the king through seven days with tales showing the wickedness of woman, the queen meantime recounting stories to offset those of the sages. On the eighth day the prince, who has remained silent up to that time, speaks in his own defense, and the queen is put to death."

It is in the resulting tension between static frame and dynamic context, between a frame story narrating its own existence and embedded narratives deriving meaning from the frame, that the interest of The Seven Sages of Rome resides.

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