The Celtic languages, once spoken widely, survived to modern times only on the fringes of Europe: Ireland, the Highlands of Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. The mythology of these languages derives first from ancient worship, as observed by classical commentators and as revealed by modern archaeology. Written traditions came with the introduction of Christianity, whose scribes never worshipped the older gods. Irish heroic literature, the most extensive in all Celtic languages, embraced four discrete cycles. Welsh came later with a smaller corpus. Still less was recorded in Scottish Gaelic, and narratives from Cornish, Manx, and Breton survive mostly in oral tradition. The current volume seeks to list, describe, and provide reliable spellings from both ancient and modern traditions. Listed are kings, queens, warriors, hermits, and saints, some of whom are historical but about whom many legends have accrued, and others who certainly never existed. Included also are archaelogical sites and shrines, such living creatures as the eagle and salmon, as well as concepts such as kingship. Cross-references exist from other mythologies, such as Classical and Norse, as well as links to the most Celtic of Arthurian figures, such as Merlin. The dictionary summarizes many lengthy narratives, such as The Mabinogion. Where possible, entries feature reliable etymologies and many entries have extensive bibliographical notes, including adaptations in literature. As it explains concepts and narratives, the Dictionary also becomes a handbook of early Celtic culture.
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1998. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: This new work offers an exhaustive survey of one of the world's most fertile and exciting mythological traditions. It covers the persons, themes, concepts, places, and creatures of Celtic mythology, in all its ancient and modern traditions, in 4000 entries ranging from brief definitions to extended essays on major tale cycles. An introductory essay explains who the Celts were, explores the history of the Celtic revival, and examines the meaning and role of mythology and tradition. An invaluable pronunciation guide for the major Celtic languages, a topic index of entries, thorough cross-references within Celtic mythology and to other mythologies, such as Classical and Norse, enables the reader to see the relationship between Celtic mythology, later Irish literature, and other literary and mythological traditions. The Dictionary of Celtic Mythology is the first place to turn for an authoritative guide to this colorful world of tragedy, revenge, honor, and heroism of Celtic myth. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0198691572
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0198691572
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