Moran, Pádraic






2015
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Moran, Pádraic, “Greek dialectology and the Irish origin story”, in: Moran, Pádraic, and Immo Warntjes (eds), Early medieval Ireland and Europe: chronology, contacts, scholarship. A Festschrift for Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Studia Traditionis Theologiae 14, Turnhout: Brepols, 2015. 481–512.

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“Greek dialectology and the Irish origin story”
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481–512
Year
2015
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O’Mulconry’s Glossary (De origine scoticae linguae), an Irish etymological tract dating from around the late 7th or early 8th centuries, makes the striking claim that the Irish language derives from Greek, and specifically from the Attic, Doric, and Aeolic dialects. This article explores the cultural background to this assertion. It first addresses the question of why these dialects are mentioned to the exclusion of Ionic or koine Greek. It then surveys the sources for Greek that were potentially available in the early medieval West, to determine how much if anything the compilers could have known about Greek dialects. Finally, the broader significance of Greek origins is explored, drawing parallels between Irish and Roman origin stories.
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