In Search of the Irish Dreamtime: Archaeology & Early Irish Literature par J.P. Mallory

In Search of the Irish Dreamtime: Archaeology & Early Irish Literature

Titre: In Search of the Irish Dreamtime: Archaeology & Early Irish Literature

Nom de fichier: In Search Of The Irish Dreamtime Archaeology And Early Irish Literature.

ISBN: 0500051844

Auteur: J.P. Mallory

Following his account of Irish origins as evidenced by archaeology, genetics and linguistics, J. P. Mallory returns to the subject to interrogate what he calls the ‘Irish Dreamtime’: the native Irish retelling of their own origins, as related by medieval manuscripts. He attempts to explore the reality of this version of the earliest history of Ireland, which places apparently ‘mythological’ events on a concrete timeline of invasions, colonizations and royal reigns that extends even further back in time than the history of Classical Greece. Can the accounts of this ‘Dreamtime’ really inform us of the way of life in Iron Age Ireland? By comparing the world depicted in the earliest Irish literary tradition with the archaeological evidence available on the ground, Mallory explores Ireland’s rich mythological tradition and tests its claims to represent reality.

Review
An ‘extensive, erudite and humorous study’ –Current Archaeology

‘Mallory’s book will be of interest to those already immersed in the study of medieval Ireland, but hopefully will also prove a way into this fascinating subject for those new to the field.’ –Times Higher Education

‘Highly readable…absorbing and comprehensive’ –Minerva

J.P. Mallory is an Irish-American archaeologist, a world expert on ancient linguistics, and Emeritus Professor at Queen’s University Belfast. He is the author of The Origins of the Irish and In Search of the Indo-Europeans, and coauthor of The Tarim Mummies. He lives in Belfast.

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