Bríathra Flainn Fhína (maic Ossu)‘The wise sayings of Flann (son of Oswiu)’

  • Medieval Irish wisdom literature
A collection of gnomic maxims attributed to Flann Fína or Fíthal
Ascribed to: Aldfrith [king of Northumbria]Flann Fína mac Ossu (d. 704/705) – Aldfrith son of Oswiu, king of Northumbria
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FíthalFíthal – Poet and judge associated with Cormac mac Airt
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Recension N:
Recension Y: Roscada Flainn Fína maic Ossu ríg Saxan
Recension L: Senbríathra Fíthail
Group X (fragments only)


Medieval Irish wisdom literature


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.] Ireland, Colin A. [ed. and tr.], Old Irish wisdom attributed to Aldfrith of Northumbria: an edition of Bríathra Flainn Fhína maic Ossu, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 205, Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1999.
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[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Bríathra Flainn Fína maic Ossu”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 3, Halle and Dublin, 1910. 10–20.
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