Miles, Brent





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Miles, Brent, Heroic saga and classical epic in medieval Ireland, Studies in Celtic History 30, Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2011.

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Heroic saga and classical epic in medieval Ireland
Place
Woodbridge
Publisher
Boydell & Brewer
Year
2011
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Abstract (cited)
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”).

Contents:

“Introduction: figmenta poetica and heroic saga”
1–14
[1] “Classical learning in medieval Ireland: the state of the question”
15–50
[2] “The Irish classical tales: texts and sources”
51–94
[3] “Classicism and Togail Troí
95–144
[4] Táin bó Cúailnge and Latin epic”
145–193
[5] “The rhetorical set piece and the Breslech of the Plain of Murthemne”
194–244
“Afterword: an invitation to study”
245–250
“Bibliography”
251–266
“Index”
267–272
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen