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Early Irish Myths and Sagas : Penguin Classics -  Jeffrey Gantz

Early Irish Myths and Sagas

Penguin Classics

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Published: 8th February 2000
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These early Irish stories, probably first written down around the eighth century A.D., represent the oral tradition of the Iron Age Celts who flourished in Europe during the seven centuries before Christ. Building the economic, social and artistic foundations of the continent as they did, their myths and tales can be said to be the earliest voices from the dawn of Western civilisation. Later, with the growth of the Roman and Viking empires, their influence died except in Ireland. There, less exposed to new traditions, their original culture is preserved in these stories. Written in beautiful, elusive language, the main tension is between reality and fantasy, and the themes foreshadow those which preoccupied Yeats, Synge and Joyce. Throughout, the energy and pride of reality is allied powerfully with the magic of fantasy, creating a world where men mingle freely with the gods and where the afterworld is an extension of this heroic, romantic and idealistic picture.

About The Author

Jeffrey Gantz received a doctorial degree in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he works as a newspaper editor and journalist. He has also translated The Mabinogion for Penguin Classics. Jeffrey Gantz received a doctorial degree in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he works as a newspaper editor and journalist. He has also translated The Mabinogion for Penguin Classics.

Introduction:
Early Irish Myths and Sagas
The Celts
The Irish
Irish Storytelling
The Irish Manuscripts
The Irish Material
This Translation
Bibliography
A Note on the Pronunciation of Irish Words and Names
A Note on Irish Geography
Map: Early Ireland
Early Irish Myths and Sagas
The Wooing of Étaín
The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel
The Dream of Óengus
The Cattle Raid of Fróech
The Labour Pains of the Ulaid and the Twins of Macha
The Birth of Cú Chulaind
The Boyhood Deeds of Cú Chulaind
The Death of Aife's Only Son
The Wasting Sickness of Cú Chulaind and the Only Jealousy of Emer
The Tale of Macc Da Thó's Pig
The Intoxication of the Ulaid
Bricriu's Feast
The Exile of the Sons of Uisliu
Notes
Index

ISBN: 9780140443974
ISBN-10: 0140443975
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 8th February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1