Texts

Sechtae

  • Old Irish
  • prose
  • Early Irish law texts
Legal heptads of the Senchas Már collection.
Cf. Additional heptads.
Title
Sechtae
Legal heptads referred to as na ṡechta (‘the sevens’) in legal commentaries.(1)n. 1 D. A. Binchy, CIH (1978): 1584.11–12; Fergus Kelly, A guide to early Irish law (1988): 266.
Manuscripts
Language
  • Old Irish
Date
“put together in the O. Ir. period” (Kelly).(2)n. 2 Fergus Kelly, A guide to early Irish law (1988): 266.
Form
prose (primary)

Classification

Early Irish law texts

Sources

Notes

D. A. Binchy, CIH (1978): 1584.11–12; Fergus Kelly, A guide to early Irish law (1988): 266.
Fergus Kelly, A guide to early Irish law (1988): 266.

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.

Binchy, D. A. [ed.], Corpus iuris Hibernici: ad fidem codicum manuscriptorum, 7 vols, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978.  
The standard diplomatic edition of early Irish law texts, undertaken by D. A. Binchy and published in 7 volumes.
1.1-64.5; 1881.9-1896.22; 537.16-549.18; 1821.28-1854.36.
Hancock, W. Neilson, Thaddeus O'Mahony, Alexander George Richey, and Robert Atkinson (ed. and tr.), Ancient laws of Ireland, 6 vols, vol. 5: Uraicecht Becc and certain other selected Brehon law tracts, Stationery Office: Dublin, 1901.
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199–351 English translations.

Secondary sources (select)

Kelly, Fergus, A guide to early Irish law, Early Irish Law Series 3, Dublin: DIAS, 1988.
266, etc.
Contributors
C. A.,Dennis Groenewegen
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