This paper discusses the authorship of a sixteenth-century epic poem featuring King Telamon. Two versions of that poem are known: a printed and a manuscript version. The former is currently taken to be the basic text version. As to the author of the poem, researchers agree that it is an unknown person, except for Farkas Szell who claims, actually not quite on the basis of solid evidence, that the author is that of 'Volter and Griseldis': Pal Istvanfi. It has to be noted that people have extensively studied the mutual influence between this poem and the folk ballad 'Kata Kadar', on the basis of their similarities in content and motifs. Given that the romance on Fortunatus includes the story of King Telamon and his son Diomedes, and given that the two poems make the same kind of impact on their readers, the present author thinks that the same person may have written both. After a thorough comparison of the two poems in terms of phonology, morphology, syntax and orthography, and taking other circumstances into consideration, he concludes that the two poems may indeed have been written by the same person: probably a 16th century Protestant priest or perhaps a schoolmaster, possibly living in Kolozsvar.
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