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"Messe ocus Pangur Bán”: structure and cosmology

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Toner, Gregory (2009) "Messe ocus Pangur Bán”: structure and cosmology. Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 57 (Summer). pp. 1-22. [Journal article]

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Abstract

An analysis of the structure of the ninth-century Irish poem "Messe ocus Pangur Bán" illuminating the relationship between the scholar-author and his cat. A consideration of contemporary theological understanding of Nature and the animal kingdom suggests that the poet is reflecting on the nature of humankind's relationship with Creation and the Creator. The inclusion in the manuscript of an excerpt from Ambrose of Milan's Hexaemeron concerning the nature of various animals confirms the scribe's interest in Christian cosmology and suggests that this prompted the inclusion of this poem in his transcription.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Medieval Ireland, ninth century, St Paul Codex, Pangur, Adgúisiu fid nallabrach, Adram in Coimdid, Creation, Creator, cosmology, Nature, Basil the Great, Hexaemeron, Ambrose of Milan.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Irish Language and Literature
Research Institutes and Groups:Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
ID Code:5621
Deposited By:Professor Gregory Toner
Deposited On:22 Dec 2009 09:17
Last Modified:15 Aug 2012 11:46

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