The Faits des Romains

Written in the early thirteenth century by an anonymous Parisian author, the Faits des Romains (also called the Fet des Romains or the Fait des Romans) proports itself to be a compilation of Lucan, Sallust, Suetonius, and Julius Caesar’s writings. But, rather than being a Roman historical compilation, the Faits is actually a prose biography of Caesar, briefly overviewing Roman history before narrating Caesar’s birth and ending with his murder. It proved popular with medieval audiences, surviving in nearly sixty illuminated manuscripts, three of which we can determine as from Italy.

Representative Manuscripts

Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, fr. 293 (Venice, 14th century).
Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, fr. 726 (Genoa)
Oxford, Bodleian, codices Canoniciani miscellanei, 450 (Verona, 1384)

Edition

Li fet des Romains compilé ensemble de Saluste et de Suetoine et de Lucan, texte du XIIIe siècle, publié pour la première fois d’après les meilleurs manuscrits. Edited by L.-F. Flutre, Paris, Droz; Groningue, Wolters, 1935-1938. Reprint: Genève, Slatkine, 1977.

Secondary Literature

Louis Fernand Flutre, Li fait des Romains dans les litteratures francaise et italienne du XIIIe au XVIe siecle, (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1976), 261-288.

See Arlima.