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Book Title: The Celtic Heroic Age|
The author of the book: John T. Koch
Edition: Celtic Studies Publications
Date of issue: August 15th 2003
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ISBN 13: 9781891271090
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A real gem of a sourcebook. The authors collect and translate a voluminous amount of texts that relate to the Celtic heroic age. The book is divided into three sections, Latin sources, Irish and British.
The Latin selection collects extracts from classical authors on the Celtic tribes. While most of the collection covers British and Irish texts, this covers the Celts on mainland Europe. Authors include Caesar and Tacitus and their views on Druids and the Celtic uprisings against roman rule.
The second selection covers the Irish Mythological, Ulster and Fenian Cycles. The texts included are the Lebor Gabála Érenn (Book of Invasions of Ireland), narratives on the Ulster heroes and too many more to mention.
The final section on British material is the one I enjoyed the most. Included in the selection are Nenius, the Welsh Arthurian poems but best of all are the selection that cover the Hen Ogled (old north). Included from this subject are the Urien Rheged poems, Gododdin, Llywarch Hen poems and a few more odd little texts.
On the initial publication of this book, I was given a free hardcover copy. On reading it, I found the text to be peppered with printers errors and thought that some important texts were also missing but I could still see the potential in the book. Years later I picked up a the revised paperback edition and all the printing errors were gone, plus the authors had added a few extra texts to the collection, which made a vast improvement over the first edition.
The book is an ideal quick reference tool for scholars in the field but is also ideal for the general reader to make an initial acquaintance with some obscure Celtic source texts. Each text is prefaced by a short introduction and the book isn't overloaded with scholarly notes.
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Read information about the authorJohn T. Koch is an American academic, historian and linguist who specializes in Celtic studies, especially prehistory and the early Middle Ages.
He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was awarded the degrees of A.M. and Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures in 1983 and 1985 respectively. In addition, he has also pursued studies at Jesus College, Oxford, and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has taught Celtic Studies at Harvard University and Boston College.
Since 1998, he has been senior research fellow or Reader at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales, where he has supervised a research project focusing on Celtic Languages and Cultural Identity. Two of the offshoots of this project are the five-volume Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia and An Atlas for Celtic Studies (2007).
He has published widely on aspects of early Irish and Welsh language, literature and history. His works include The Celtic Heroic Age (first published in 1994, 4th edition in 2003), in collaboration with John Carey; The Gododdin of Aneirin (1997), an edition, translation and discussion of the early Welsh poem Y Gododdin; and numerous articles published in books and journals. A grammar of Old Welsh and a book on the historical Taliesin are in the works.
In 2007, John Koch received a personal chair at the University of Wales.
Koch supervises (as Senior Fellow and Project Leader) the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies Ancient Britain and the Atlantic Zone Project (Ireland, Armorica, and the Iberian Peninsula). In 2008, Koch gave the O'Donnell Lecture at Aberystwyth University titled People called Keltoi, the La Tène Style, and ancient Celtic languages: the threefold Celts in the light of geography. In 2009, Koch published a paper Tartessian: Celtic from the Southwest at the Dawn of History detailing how the Tartessian language may have been the earliest directly attested Celtic language with the Tartessian written script used in the inscriptions based on a version of a Phoenician script in use around 825 BC.
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