Cultural Heritage and Early Irish Heroic Tradition

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cultural Heritage and Early Irish Heroic Tradition

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The Heroic Cycle or Ulster Cycle is the most substantial body of literature belonging to the pre-Norman period. Students will be introduced to the defining features, themes, motifs and contents of this group of tales through a close study of a number of key texts in English translation. Arguably, the most important text of Medieval Ireland is the Cattle-Raid of Cooley, which features a raid on Ulster by an army led by Queen Medb for the Brown Bull of Cooley. The defence of Ulster falls upon the supreme warrior-hero, Cú Chulainn. Conceptions, births, feasts, battles, cattle-raids, otherworldly outings, courtships and deaths are among the other topics featuring in these narratives. The physical context and landscape setting for these tales, where possible, will be considered. This depiction of early Irish society will also be appraised in the context of archaeological evidence and in a broader European context through a consideration of sources such as the writing of classical authors and other material.

    Teaching & Learning Methods:
    - Lectures: 24 hours

    - Continous Assessment: 100%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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