Ito, Masayoshi. "The Use of The Seven Sages of Rome in the Confessio Amantis." Studies in Medieval English Language and Literature (Japan Society for Medieval English Studies) 3 (1988), pp. 101-12.
In Japanese. The summary of this item has been provided by Professor Ito: "A comparative analysis of 'Virgil's Mirror' and 'The King and the Steward's Wife' with their French originals (the SATF text of Les Sept Sages de Rome). Remarkable is Gower's skill of adaptation. In either case, he metamorphoses the mortally neutral tale into an exemplum against 'coveitise' by a black-and-white characterization, a vivid representation of the mind and acts of evil-doers, and an emphasis on the retributive justice shown to them." [JGN 8.2]
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