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The Colloquy of the Old Men (Acallam na Senorach)

Author: 
Harmon, Maurice (translator) with an Introduction by Sean O’Coilean
Credentials: 
Professor, University College, Dublin

One of medieval Ireland’s greatest collections of stories and poems, THE COLLOQUY OF OLD MEN (12 th century by anonymous bards and compilers)is an extraordinary fictive accountant of journeys made by saint Patrick and the pagan Cailte, a survivor from an earlier epoch. The contrast between Druidic paganism and Christianity permeates the collection It is seen in accounts of Patrick’s miracles, his success as a missioner, his claims to authority both moral and secular. In Cailte, ancient Ireland gives as good as it gets. His accounts are detail elopements, single heroic combats, and adventures in the Otherworld amongst the ancient gods and goddesses. This wealth of literary, cultural and folkloric material is retold in a fresh modern idiom and is complete with the full armature of scholarly research material.

Market: 
Medieval Irish History, Irish Language and literature, Celtic folklore, medieval studies
Release Date: 
Spring 2001
ISBN: 
Cloth: 1-930901-03-8
Price: 
$64.95
Trim Size: 
6 x 9
Pages: 
216
Index: 
Yes
Bibliography: 
Yes
Illustrations: 
None
CIP: 
Yes
Publisher: 

ACADEMICA PRESS
1727 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 507
Washington, DC 20036

Irish Research Series: 
Yes