verse beg. Cumtach na nIudaide n-ard

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry

Short Middle Irish poem (4qq) on the defining characteristics of various peoples (the Jews, the Greeks, the Franks, the Welsh, the Picts, etc), which correspond closely to those listed in the tract De proprietatibus gentium.

First words (verse)
  • Cumtach na nIudaide n-ard
The architecture of the noble Jews
  • Middle Irish
verse (primary)
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Related: De proprietatibus gentiumDe proprietatibus gentium

A Frankish, possibly Spanish tract written in the ninth century, which lists the defining weaknesses and strengths of various gentes, including the Irish and the Britons. Two versions of it are known: a shorter one listing single characteristics, whether positive or negative, for twelve gentes (including ira Britanorum and libido Scotorum); and a longer version with two separate lists of vices (e.g. libido Scottorum, duritia Pictorum and ira Brittanorum/brit(t))onum) and virtues (e.g. Scottorum fidelitas, Pictorum magnanimitas and Brittanorum/brit(t))onum) hospitalitas).


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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.

[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], “Two Middle-Irish poems”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 1 (1897): 112–113.
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[ed.] [tr.] OʼCurry, Eugene, Lectures on the manuscript materials of ancient Irish history, delivered at the Catholic University of Ireland during the sessions of 1855 and 1856, Dublin, 1861.
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580–581 Edited from the version in Mac Fhir Bhisigh’s Leabhar na ngenealach.
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