Five College Consortium

Ancient Ireland

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Humanities Arts Cultural Stu

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Hampshire College
An introduction to the archaeology, myth, history, art, literature, and religion of ancient Ireland: 4000 BCE to 1200 CE, from the earliest megalithic monuments to the Norman conquest. Consideration will be given, then, to these distinct periods: Pre-Celtic (Neolithic and Bronze Ages--4000 BCE-700 BCE); Pre-Christian Celtic (Late Bronze & Iron Ages--700 BCE-400 CE); and Early Christian Celtic (Irish Golden Ages and Medieval--700-1200 CE). The emphasis throughout will be on the study of primary material, whether artifacts or documents. Readings will include: selections from the Mythological, Ulster, and Finn Cycles; The Voyage of St. Brendan; The History and Topography of Ireland by Giraldus Cambrensis; the writings of Patrick; and selections from early Irish hagiography.

Culture, Humanities, and Languages Independent Work Writing and Research

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Ancient Ireland
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Robert Meagher

02:00PM-03:20PM T,TH

Emily Dickinson Hall 2