The Celtic Heroic Age

Literary Sources for Ancient Celtic Europe & Early Ireland & Wales

Author: John T. Koch,John Carey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 415

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A collection of literary sources, all in translation, for Celtic Europe and early Ireland and Wales. The sources are divided into classical authors, early Irish and hiberno-Latin, and Brittonic, mostly Welsh.
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Hengest, Gwrtheyrn and the Chronology of Post-Roman Britain

Author: Flint F. Johnson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786478195

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

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In this book, the author makes use of the methodology he developed in Origins of Arthurian Romances (McFarland 2012) in order to reevaluate the post-Roman history of Britain. He begins by delving into the historical contexts of the key traditional players of the fifth century--Hengest and Gwrtheyrn. A better understanding of these two characters allows for a reexamination of the persons and events of the fifth, sixth, and seventh centuries. The text that follows entirely realigns how those centuries can be seen from a chronological as well as a military and political standpoint. The fifth century was not a time of British and Germanic fragmentation as they separated from Rome, but one of slow integration and the formation of kingships that were a result of the economic realities of surviving without the dying giant.
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Celtic Cosmology and the Otherworld

Mythic Origins, Sovereignty and Liminality

Author: Sharon Paice MacLeod

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476669074

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 293

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"Focusing on the latest research and translations, the author provides fresh insight into the indigenous beliefs and practices of the Iron Age inhabitants of the British Isles. Chapters cover a broad range of topics, including creation and cosmogony, the deities of the Gaels, feminine power in early Irish sources, and priestesses and magical rites"--
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Celtic from the West 3

Atlantic Europe in the Metal Ages — questions of shared language

Author: John T. Koch,Barry Cunliffe

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 1785702300

Category: History

Page: 480

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"The Celtic languages and groups called Keltoi (i.e. 'Celts') emerge into our written records at the pre-Roman Iron Age. The impetus for this book is to explore from the perspectives of three disciplines--archaeology, genetics, and linguistics--the background in later European prehistory to these developments. There is a traditional scenario, according to which, Celtic speech and the associated group identity came in to being during the Early Iron Age in the north Alpine zone and then rapidly spread across central and western Europe. This idea of 'Celtogenesis' remains deeply entrenched in scholarly and popular thought. But it has become increasingly difficult to reconcile with recent discoveries pointing towards origins in the deeper past. It should no longer be taken for granted that Atlantic Europe during the 2nd and 3rd millennia BC were pre-Celtic or even pre-Indo-European. The explorations in Celtic from the West 3 are drawn together in this spirit, continuing two earlier volumes in the influential series"--Provided by publisher.
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Tartessian

Celtic in the South-west at the Dawn of History

Author: John T. Koch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 332

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Beyond the Aegean, some of the earliest written records of Europe come from the south-west, what is now southern Portugal and south-west Spain. Herodotus, the 'Father of History', locates the Keltoi or 'Celts' in this region, as neighbours of the Kunetes of the Algarve. He calls the latter the 'westernmost people of Europe'. However, modern scholars have been disinclined - until recently - to consider the possibility that the south-western inscriptions and other early linguistic evidence from the kingdom of Tartessos were Celtic. This book shows how much of this material closely resembles the attested Celtic languages: Celtiberian (spoken in east-central Spain) and Gaulish, as well as the longer surviving langiages of Ireland, Britain and Brittany. In many cases, the 85 Tartessian inscriptions of the period c. 750-c. 450 BC can now be read as complete statements written in an Ancient Celtic language.
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Moment of Earth

Poems & Essays in Honour of Jeremy Hooker

Author: Jeremy Hooker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Poetry

Page: 311

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A major new collection by leading contemporary English-language Welsh poets and literary scholars, including original poems by Gillian Clarke, Sheenagh Pugh, Tony Conran, Philip Gross, and Tony Curtis, essays by Wynn Thomas, Tony Brown, Jane Aaron, and Gavin Edwards, art history by Peter Lord. The 30 orginal contributions are thematically organized: I. Earth and Words, II.Landscapes, Warscapes, III. Welsh Women Writers, IV. Literature and Art, V. Literature and Religion.
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Ireland and the Grail

Author: John Carey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781891271151

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 419

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This is the first book-length study of the origins of the Grail legend to have been undertaken by a specialist in medieval Irish literature. Drawing on a detailed reexamination of the relevant texts in Irish, Welsh, Latin and French, extensive sections of which are presented in new translations, the author argues that the roots of the Grail legend are to be sought in the lost Old Irish manuscript known as the Book of Druimm Snechtai .
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Landscape Perception in Early Celtic Literature

Author: Francesco Benozzo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781891271113

Category: History

Page: 272

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This pioneering work shows how Celtic cultures understood the place of human beings in their natural environment in ways fundamentally different from our own. Benozzo explores the unique unfolding of landscapes in early Irish and Welsh texts, including Tain Bo Cuailgne, The Voyage of Bran, the Gododdin and the mythological Taliesin poem on the Battle of the Trees.
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Archaeologia Britannica

Texts & Translations

Author: Edward Lhuyd

Publisher: Celtic Studies Publications

ISBN: 9781891271144

Category: History

Page: 262

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Edward Lhuyd's Archæologia Britannica effectively marks the discovery of the Celtic languages and the founding of Celtic Studies. First published in 1707, this was a groundbreaking work in comparative philology, the result of first-hand study of the Celtic languages and an epic four-year journey through the countries where they were spoken. To celebrate the volume's 300th anniversary, Lhuyd's sectional prefaces are republished (alongside translations when these are not in English), together with other documents which elucidate the Archæologia's genesis and reception. Lhuyd's work is placed in its historical context in the introduction and a select bibliography is appended.
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Approaches to Religion and Mythology in Celtic Studies

Author: Katja Ritari,Alexandra Bergholm

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 301

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This publication is the first interdisciplinary collection of articles focusing on religion and mythology in Celtic studies. The first part presents various current viewpoints within the field from scholars of history, art history and literary studies. In addition to more traditional approaches, the other two parts of the book illustrate the possibilities of applying new theories and methods from the discipline of Comparative Religion to the analysis of Celtic materials. They introduce previously unpublished results of the international research network "The Power of Words in Traditional European Cultures", and the research project "Religion, Society, and Culture: Defining the Sacred in Early Irish Literature" funded by the Academy of Finland at University of Helsinki. The present collection serves as a significant contribution towards a better understanding of issues that have not been previously brought together in a single volume. As such it is of interest to scholars in Celtic studies as well as other related disciplines.
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