Session820
TitleThe Sacred and the Obscure: Intersections between Language and Identity in Early Insular Intellectual Culture
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserCiaran Arthur, Department of Classics, National University of Ireland, Galway
 
Moderator/ChairBernhard Bauer, Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung, Universität Graz
 
Paper 820-a Language and Eschatology at the Edges of the Known World
(Language: English)
Ciaran Arthur, Department of Classics, National University of Ireland, Galway
Index Terms: Biblical Studies; Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Comparative; Philosophy
Paper 820-b Frithegod, Greek, and 10th-Century Anglo-Latin
(Language: English)
Tristan Major, Faculty of Creative & Critical Studies, University of British Columbia, Kelowna
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Greek; Language and Literature - Latin; Language and Literature - Old English; Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 820-c Hiberno-Latin Textual Obscurity and Christian Symbolism
(Language: English)
Grace Attwood, Department of Classics, National University of Ireland, Galway
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Celtic; Language and Literature - Latin; Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
 
AbstractEarly medieval intellectuals were fascinated with the origins, limitations, and capabilities of language. 'In the beginning was the Word', but could any human language adequately express divine concepts and truths? In this sense, human language was seen by some to be a 'border', so to speak, between the divine and human worlds, while others saw it as more of a gateway between the two realms, particularly through exegetical skill with Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Intellectuals from early Insular centres were particularly interested in ideas of language and they were keen to acquire such linguistic skills to prove their ability to further understand the divine scriptures and to also solidify their eschatological mission on the edges of the known world in what was believed to be the end of Time.