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Aígidecht Aithirni‘The guesting of Athirne’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose, verse, prosimetrum
  • Medieval Irish literature about poets, Ulster Cycle
The short prose text includes eight poems ascribed to Athirne.
Manuscripts
Language
  • Middle Irish
  • early Middle Irish (Meyer)
Date
11th century (Meyer)
Form
prose, verse, prosimetrum (primary)
Speaker
Athirne

Classification

Medieval Irish literature about poets Ulster Cycle

Subject tags

AthirneAthairne (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – chief poet and satirist of the Ulstermen in the Ulster Cycle
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Amairgen mac EccitAmairgen mac Eccit (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – (chief) poet of the Ulaid in the Ulster Cycle of tales; son of Eccet Salach
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Sources

Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], “The guesting of Athirne”, Ériu 7 (1914): 1–9.
LL, with variants from Harleian 5280.
[ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed.], “A third copy of the Guesting of Athirne”, Ériu 7 (1914): 196–199.
Version from RIA MS 23 N 10, with variants from Harleian 5280.
[ed.] [tr.] Greene, David, and Frank O'Connor [Michael O'Donovan], A golden treasury of Irish poetry, A.D. 600 to 1200, London: Macmillan, 1967.
140–141. Poems on the four seasons.

Secondary sources (select)

Lubotsky, Alexander, “Varia IV: On the alliteration in ‘The guesting of Athirne’”, Ériu 33 (1982): 170–171.
Contributors
Patrick Brown,Dennis Groenewegen
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