A Comparative Study of Two Romances: The English Morte d'Arthur and the Persian Samak-e-Ayyar

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Abstract. The present study endeavors to investigate the English romance Morte d'Arthur (1485) written by Sir Thomas Malory and Samak-e-Ayyar (12th c.) a Persian romance compiled by Faramarz ibn Khodadad and extract the most common elements of romance as manifested in these works. The elements studied in this paper include oral tradition, magic and witchcraft, nobleness and gentility, chivalric magnanimity and brotherly ethos, and masculinity.


Romance, Chivalry, Morte d'Arthur, Samak-e-Ayyar

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