By R.P.M. Lehmann
This guide was once produced with the purpose of offering scholars with an advent to outdated Irish literature in addition to to the language. one of many awesome previous Irish tales is used because the uncomplicated textual content. Examples of poems, and of the glosses, complement it. All are completely annotated. The grammatical details supplied in those annotations is summarized in grammatical sections facing particular buildings and types. the 1st fifty of those sections are descriptive; the various related issues are mentioned within the moment fifty part from a old perspective. a last thesaurus comprises references to all phrases happening within the texts. The equipment was once as a result designed to allow a comparatively effortless method of a truly tricky language.
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54/55; and see Funaioli, Esegesi, 84–7. Hagen, Scholia, 27. 97 I am inclined to see these two first-person notes from the Bern Scholia as written by the same individual who contributed the more plainly Christian commentary in the rest of the collection. That is to say, I would see one collection, as the text says, from three Virgilian commentators at least, accomplished by the Christian who also supplied comments from his own Christian library. This opinion is not the result of a radical reappraisal of the evidence.
What is most interesting about Knappe’s argument is that she finds in the construction and themes of the famina themselves evidence that rhetorical instruction made use of Priscian’s Praeexercitamina. 30 The Praeexercitamina are a translation of a second-century BCE Greek treatise on rhetorical composition by Hermogenes. ’33 However, the testing of the limits of intelligibility is an odd end to rhetorical instruction. Yet it accords with the view of these texts as products of classically oriented rhetorical composition that they are the earliest surviving witness for composition along secular themes in monasteries in Ireland.
Logic simply does not permit one to infer from the available evidence, which indicates that Virgil was read on the continent in the ninth century in continental manuscripts, that the poet was not read in Ireland in the same century or earlier in Irish manuscripts. 38 We can add that, strictly speaking, absence of surviving medieval Irish manuscripts of classical authors says nothing about the deficien- 35 36 37 38 Herren, HF-A, 24–7. Orchard, ‘The Hisperica’, 25, 34; for the influence of Sedulius’s Carmen Paschale, see below, 115.
An Introduction to Old Irish by R.P.M. Lehmann