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FÉNIUS FARSAID AND THE ALPHABETS

ROISIN McLAUGHLIN
Ériu
Vol. 59 (2009), pp. 1-24
Published by: Royal Irish Academy
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20787542
Page Count: 24
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Abstract

This paper examines evidence for the existence of an alternative tradition to that found in Auraicept na nÉces concerning the role played by Fénius Farsaid in the invention of the alphabet of Irish and those of the three sacred languages—Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The sources to be considered are Auraicept na nÉces, In Lebor Ollaman, a Middle Irish text in Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Laud 610, glosses on the copy of Auraicept na nÉces in TCD MS E 3.3 (1432) and the Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville.

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