This work by Brendan Halligan is comprised of four essays that explore areas of early Irish society and Old Irish, and were written as part of the author's undergraduate studies in Trinity College Dublin.
The pieces cover four main themes: the beginnings of writing in Old Irish; an examination of the old Irish Wisdom Texts, or advice on the appropriate mores and ethics of the old Gaelic hierarchy; status in early Irish society with particular attention paid to its “hierarchical, inegalitarian and aristocratic” nature; and finally an examination of the controversy over dating The Ulster Cycle.
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About the Author
He holds a Masters in Economics fromUniversity College Dublin and has written extensively about economics and politics. He is a keen scholar and speaker of the Irish language, and was an Adjunct Professor in European Integration at theUniversity of Limerick. In 2010, he was granted anHonorary Degree of Doctor of Literature by University College Dublin.
He studied Early Irish history, language and culture in Trinity College, Dublin as a mature student, and has a particular interest in early Irish poetry and the sagas, especially theTáin Bó Cuailgna.
Table of ContentsAbout the Author, 9
Chapter 1: Great Exhaltation: the beginnings of writing in Old Irish, 15
Chapter 2: Hierarchical, Inegalitarian, Aristrocratic: Status in early Irish society, 47
Chapter 3: Advice from a princely in-law: the wisdom texts in Old Irish, 75
Chapter 4: A Window on the Iron age: the controversary over the dating of The Ulster Cycle 125