Bríatharthecosc Con Culainn‘The precept-instruction of Cú Chulainn’

  • Middle Irish
  • Medieval Irish wisdom literature, Ulster Cycle
An early Irish wisdom text found in the context of an episode in Serglige Con Culainn concerning royal candidacy and inauguration.


Medieval Irish wisdom literature Ulster Cycle

Subject tags

Cú ChulainnCú Chulainn – Young Ulster hero and chief character of Táin bó Cuailnge and other tales of the Ulster Cycle; son of Súaltam or Lug and Deichtire (sister to Conchobor); husband of Emer (ingen Forgaill)
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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.] Fomin, Maxim, “Bríatharthecosc Con Culainn in the context of early Irish wisdom-literature”, in: Ó hUiginn, Ruairí, and Brian Ó Catháin (eds.), Ulidia 2: proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Maynooth 24-27 July 2005, Maynooth: An Sagart, 2009. 140–172.
– University of Ulster: – eprint: <link>
[ed.] Dillon, Myles [ed.], Serglige Con Culainn, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series 14, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1953.
CELT – edition: <link>
9–10, lines 262–302 (§§ 25–26) Edition.
[ed.] [tr.] Smith, Roland M., “On the Briatharthecosc Conculaind”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 15 (1925): 187–192.
Edition and translation.

Secondary sources (select)

Carey, John, “The uses of tradition in Serglige Con Culainn”, in: Mallory, James P., and Gerard Stockman (eds.), Ulidia: proceedings of the First International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Belfast and Emain Macha, 8–12 April 1994, Belfast: December, 1994. 77–84.
Dennis Groenewegen
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