By Brent Miles

The puzzle of Ireland's position within the protection of classical studying into the center a while has constantly excited students, however the facts from the island's vernacular literature - instead of that during Latin - for the research of pagan epic has principally escaped detect. during this e-book the writer breaks new floor by means of analyzing the Irish texts along the Latin proof for the examine of classical epic in medieval eire, surveying the corpus of Irish texts according to histories and poetry from antiquity, specifically Togail Troi, the Irish historical past 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, specially the Irish prose epic Táin Bó Cúailnge (`The Cattle-Raid of Cooley').

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