Re: Re: Roman Ideas in Medieval English Literature

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Barry
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Personally I can't help but think that it's part of trying to cast Britain in a similar light to previous 'super powers' of the day.  They'd seen the effects that the Roman Empire had on the world and Homer's stories of the battle of Troy had lasted for over a thousand years.  Geoffrey of Monmouth probably just wanted to link his historical events to those to lend power and (at the time) believeabillity to the story.

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