Lecture: “National Identity and the Pagan Past: An Irish Poet’s Perspective c. AD 1000″
Dr Peadar Mac Gabhann (Peter Smith) will discuss the reconstruction of the pre-Christian Irish past by the medieval Irish scholar-poets. He will also consider the ways in which those scholar-poets reconciled their pagan past with their Christian present. His specific focus will be Éitset áes ecna aíbind (‘Let the pleasant company of scholars listen’), a poem written by Eochaid Úa Flainn around the year 1000, which aims to provide its audience with a synthesis of the prehistory of Ireland from the time of the Flood until the death of legendary king of Tara, Óengus Olmuccaid
Peter J. Smith of University of Ulster is the Ireland Canada University Foundation Visiting Professor 2010-2011 with the Celtic Studies Program in The University of St Michael’s College, The University of Toronto.
This lecture is open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the public.
Date: Feb. 11, 2011
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 P.M.
Location: Conference Room, Holy Cross House, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB
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