Corthals, Johan [ed. and tr.], Táin Bó Regamna: eine Vorerzählung zur Táin Bó Cúailnge, Sitzungsberichte Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-historische Klasse 478, Veröffentlichungen der Keltischen Kommission 5, Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1987.
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The ‘Caldron of Poesy’, a seemingly cryptic early Irish text dating probably from the eighth century, discusses three cauldrons in varying positions that represent different degrees of knowledge and art. It will be argued that this construct may have been a local representation of long-standing and basic assumptions about the structure of the human mind and the role of education, which ultimately reach back to the beginnings of Greek learning.
This is an edition and translation of an Old-Irish legal text, dating probably from c.700, and describing a lawsuit on the assignment of twins, after their mother Sadb had been repudiated by their father Ailill Aulomm. A decision is reached on the basis of principles governing marriage and an ordeal is avoided. The legal proceedings are represented as being conducted in a highly artistic style, commonly called rosc or retoiric in Irish studies, and deriving from late antique and medieval rhetoric.
The early medieval story about Conchobar's death contains a text which has played some part in the discussion about so-called retoiric or roscad in Old and Middle Irish prose stories. Because of its obviously Christian content it was regarded as evidence for the monastic origin of some, at least, of the obscure texts showing archaic linguistic features in the sagas, or, from a different point of view, as a monastic imitation of the genre. To my knowledge, however, no interpretation has as yet been attempted. The text in question is a poem and I propose to offer an edition and translation together with some comments on its contents, metre, style and linguistic dating.
Corthals, Johan, “Stimme, Atem und Dichtung: Aus einem Lehrbuch für die Dichterschüler (Uraicept na Mac Sésa)”, in: Birkhan, Helmut [ed.], Kelten-Einfälle an der Donau. Akten des Vierten Symposiums deutschsprachiger Keltologinnen und Keltologen ... Linz/Donau, 17.-21. Juli 2005, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse, Denkschriften 345, Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2007. 127–148.
Corthals, Johan, “Zur Frage des mündlichen oder schriftlichen Ursprungs der Sagenroscada”, in: Tranter, Stephen N., and Hildegard L. C. Tristram (eds.), Early Irish literature — media and communication / Mündlichkeit und Schriftlichkeit in der frühen irischen Literatur, ScriptOralia 10, Tübingen: Narr, 1989. 201–220.