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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263242

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.001.0001

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Thinking in Threes: The Triad in Early Irish Literature

Thinking in Threes: The Triad in Early Irish Literature

Sir John Rhŷs Memorial Lecture

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(p.1) Thinking in Threes: The Triad in Early Irish Literature
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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures
Author(s):

Fergus Kelly

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.003.0001

This lecture discusses the most extensive collection found in Irish language. It consists of 214 triads and several nonads, tetrads, duads, and single items. An anonymous author composed this collection sometime during the ninth century AD, and included general observations on law, nature, geography, human behaviour, and the Church. Some of the triads in this collection were adapted from earlier sources, but most of them display the vivid style of the author.

Keywords:   triads, extensive collection, ninth century AD, general observations, earlier sources, Irish language

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