Sex aetates mundi‘Six ages of the world’

  • Irish legendary history, Irish religious texts
Recension I
Recension II
Recension III


Irish legendary history Irish religious texts


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.] Tristram, Hildegard L. C. [ed.], Sex aetates mundi: die Weltzeitalter bei den Angelsachsen und den Iren. Untersuchungen und Texte, Anglistische Forschungen 165, Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 1985.
Critical edition
[ed.] [tr.] Ó Cróinín, Dáibhí [ed.], The Irish Sex aetates mundi, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1983.
Critical edition
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften: I. Aus Rawlinson B. 502”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 3 (1901): 17–23.
Celtic Digital Initiative – All Mitteilungen of ZCP 3: <link> CELT – Sex aetates mundi (17-20): <link> CELT – ‘Cethrur do-raega ní dalb’ (20-22): <link> CELT – ‘Cenn ard Ádaim étrocht rád’ (23): <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Edition from Rawl. B 502.

Secondary sources (select)

Herbert, Máire, “The Irish Sex aetates mundi: first editions”, Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 11 (Summer, 1986): 97–112.
Jaski, Bart, “Sex aetates mundi”, in: Dunphy, R. G. [ed.], The encyclopedia of the medieval chronicle, 2 vols, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010. Vol. 2: 1353.
Oskamp, Hans P. A., “The author of Sex aetates mundi”, Studia Celtica 3 (1968): 127–140.
Clarke, Michael, “The lore of the monstrous races in the developing text of the Irish Sex aetates mundi”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 63 (Summer, 2012): 15–50.
Bisagni, Jacopo, “Leprechaun: a new etymology”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 64 (Winter, 2012): 47–84.
Dennis Groenewegen,Patrick Brown