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

By J. P. Mallory

Following his account of Irish origins as evidenced via archaeology, genetics and linguistics, J. P. Mallory returns to the topic to interrogate what he calls the 'Irish Dreamtime': the local Irish retelling in their personal origins, as comparable by means of medieval manuscripts. He makes an attempt to discover the truth of this model of the earliest historical past of eire, which areas it appears 'mythological' occasions on a concrete timeline of invasions, colonizations and royal reigns that extends even extra again in time than the historical past of Classical Greece. Can the money owed of this 'Dreamtime' rather tell us of ways of existence in Iron Age eire? by means of evaluating the realm depicted within the earliest Irish literary culture with the archaeological proof to be had at the floor, Mallory explores Ireland's wealthy mythological culture and assessments its claims to symbolize reality.

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