Don tres Troí‘On the third Troy’

Flannacán (author of Don tres Troí)
  • Late Middle Irish, Early Modern Irish
  • Medieval Irish literature
An Irish narrative concerning the history of ‘the third Troy’, from its (re)foundation by Astyanax, son of Hector, until its destruction in Roman times.
Flannacán [author of Don tres Troí]Flannacán ... author of Don tres Troí (fl. late 12th century?) – Medieval Irish scholar who describes himself as the author of Don tres Troí.
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  • Dublin, King's Inns, MS 12 [s. xvex]
    heading: ‘Incipit don tres Troi .i. Troi Astinactes’
    The only complete copy of the text. The author, Flannacán, gives his name at the end of the text.


Medieval Irish literature



Brent Miles, ‘The Irish history of the ‘third Troy’ and medieval writing of history’ in Gablánach in scélaigecht... (2013): 235.

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.] Miles, Brent, Don tres Troí: the Middle Irish history of the third Troy, Irish Texts Society 68, London: Irish Texts Society, 2020.

Secondary sources (select)

Miles, Brent, “The Irish history of the ‘third Troy’ and medieval writing of history”, in: Sheehan, Sarah, Joanne Findon, and Westley Follett (eds.), Gablánach in scélaigecht: Celtic studies in honour of Ann Dooley, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013. 220–237.
Miles, Brent, Heroic saga and classical epic in medieval Ireland, Studies in Celtic History 30, Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2011.  
The puzzle of Ireland's role in the preservation of classical learning into the middle ages has always excited scholars, but the evidence from the island's vernacular literature - as opposed to that in Latin - for the study of pagan epic has largely escaped notice. In this book the author breaks new ground by examining the Irish texts alongside the Latin evidence for the study of classical epic in medieval Ireland, surveying the corpus of Irish texts based on histories and poetry from antiquity, in particular Togail Troi, the Irish history of the Fall of Troy. He argues that Irish scholars' study of Virgil and Statius in particular left a profound imprint on the native heroic literature, especially the Irish prose epic Táin Bó Cúailnge (“The Cattle-Raid of Cooley”).
Dennis Groenewegen
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