De raris fabulis ‘On uncommon tales’

  • Latin
  • Cambro-Latin texts
Latin colloquy text
  • Latin
  • Secondary language(s): Old Welsh Old Cornish Old English
  • Latin, with glosses in Welsh or Cornish and Old English.

9th century?
Associated items
Proverbia GrecorumProverbia GrecorumAn early medieval Latin compilation of gnomic maxims attributed to the Greeks, perhaps dating to the 7th century. The earliest transmission of its material is closely associated with Insular, particularly Irish scholarship, as seen in works of Sedulius Scottus and the B-recension of the Collectio canonum Hibernensis.


Cambro-Latin textsCambro-Latin texts


Glosses in Neo-Brythonic (Welsh or Cornish)Glosses in Neo-Brythonic (Welsh or Cornish)


Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Gwara, Scott [ed. and tr.], De raris fabulis, 'On uncommon tales': a glossed Latin colloquy-text from a tenth-century Cornish manuscript, Basic Texts in Brittonic History, Cambridge: Department of ASNC, 2004.

Secondary sources (select)

Gwara, Scott, “Diogenes the Cynic in the scholastic dialogues called De raris fabulis”, ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews 17:1 (2004): 3–6.
Dennis Groenewegen
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November 2010, last updated: January 2024