Wonder Wisdom and War: Essays on early Ireland

Wonder Wisdom and War: Essays on early Ireland

by Brendan Halligan

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992794828
Publisher: Scáthán Press
Publication date: 09/12/2015
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Brendan Halligan is an economist, politician and public affairs consultant, with extensive experience both in the Irish private and public sectors. A longstanding figure in Irish politics, he is known for his work as an activist in the European arena, in the field of renewable energy, and as founder and current Chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), a leading European think tank.

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 Contents

About the Author, 9
Preface, 11
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
Bibliography, 185

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