Heroic Saga and Classical Epic in Medieval Ireland by Brent Miles

By Brent Miles

The puzzle of Ireland's function within the maintenance of classical studying into the center a while has continuously excited students, however the facts from the island's vernacular literature - rather than that during Latin - for the examine of pagan epic has principally escaped observe. during this e-book the writer breaks new floor through analyzing the Irish texts along the Latin proof for the examine of classical epic in medieval eire, surveying the corpus of Irish texts in keeping with histories and poetry from antiquity, particularly Togail Troi, the Irish heritage of the autumn of Troy. He argues that Irish students' research of Virgil and Statius specifically left a profound imprint at the local heroic literature, particularly the Irish prose epic Táin Bó Cúailnge (`The Cattle-Raid of Cooley').

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Hofman, The Sankt Gall Priscian, 1: 70–1; and ‘Some new facts’, 201, 207; note also the citation of Virgiliani in two mythological scholia from the Hiberno-Latin commentary on Orosius, Lehmann, ‘Reste’, 35. Lambert, ‘Les gloses’, 116–17. 32 Classical Learning in Medieval Ireland Ireland that even the Servian, Danieline and Filargirian commentaries, for all their extensiveness, did not exhaust. Before concluding this discussion of Virgilian studies in early-medieval Ireland it is necessary to mention two figures who, though unlike the sober scholars who transmitted Virgilian commentary, are nevertheless characteristic of their time.

Drawing on the model of the earlier colophon Hagen plausibly reconstructed this as: Titus Gallus Gaudentius Iunilius Flagrius. 96 Titus Gallus Gaudentius Iunilius Flagrius. I have constructed this from [their] three commentaries. 92 93 94 95 96 Herren, ‘Literary’, 58, n. 60. Hagen, Scholia, 27, suggested we emend to: ‘Haec omnia de tribus commentariis congregaui, id est Titi Galli et Gaudentii Romanorum et maxime Iunilii Flagrii Mediolanensis’; see the second colophon below. Daintree, ‘Virgil and Virgil scholia’, 351–3; see also Daintree and Geymonat, ‘Scholia non serviana’, 717.

Herren, ‘Evidence’. Berschin suggests Archbishop Theodore’s legacy; see ‘Griechisches’, 509; see also Howlett, ‘Hellenic’, 66, 77–8. Howlett, ‘Hellenic’, 58, 77–8. See Murgia, ‘The Servian’, 312–13. 35 Heroic Saga and Classical Epic in Medieval Ireland the Irish Filargirian commentary with an appreciation for the compiler’s novel humanistic vision itself. While John Scottus’s achievement in translating Greek Christian texts is universally acknowledged, Herren has extended his claim for an incipient Irish humanism with a consideration of John’s attempt to provide interlinear glosses to verses by Homer.

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