Roman folklore is the folklore of ancient Rome, including genres such as myth (Roman mythology), legend, joke, charms, fable, ghostlore, and numerous others.[1] Scholars have published a variety of collections focused on the folklore of ancient Rome.[2] Roman folklore is closely related to Ancient Greek folklore and precedes Italian folklore.


  1. ^ For example, classicist William Hansen notes that "the Greeks and Romans had all the genres of oral narrative known to us, even ghost stories and urban legends, but they also told all kinds that in most of the Western world no longer circulate orally, such as myths and fairytales." (Hansen 2019: xxv).
  2. ^ Examples include Busk (1877), Halliday (1927), Anderson (2006), and Hansen (2019).