Athirne and Amairgen

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Medieval Irish literature about poets, Ulster Cycle
Initial words (prose)
  • BAÍ goba amra i nUltaib
  • Middle Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
A shorter version of the tale is told in Sanas Cormaic, s.v. ‘Greth’.


    Medieval Irish literature about poets Ulster Cycle


    Amairgen mac EccitAmairgen mac Eccit (Salaig)
    (time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
    (chief) poet of the Ulaid in the Ulster Cycle of tales; son of Eccet Salach
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    Eccet SalachEccet Salach
    blacksmith in the Ulster Cycle; father to Amairgen the poet
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    (time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
    Chief poet and satirist of the Ulstermen in the Ulster Cycle.
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    Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

    [dipl. ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, Osborn Bergin, M. A. O'Brien, and Anne O'Sullivan (eds.), The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, 6 vols, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1954–1983.
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    [ed.] Best, R. I. [ed.], “Amairgen son of Ecet Salach”, in: Fraser, J., P. Grosjean, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Irish texts, fasciculus I, London, 1931. 32–34 + fasc. V: 100 (corrigenda).
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    [tr.] Carey, John [tr.], “[Various contributions]”, in: Koch, John T., and John Carey (eds), The Celtic Heroic Age. Literary sources for ancient Celtic Europe and early Ireland & Wales, Celtic Studies Publications 1, 4th ed. (1995), Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2003. [Various].
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