Fís Adomnáin ‘Adomnán's vision’

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(fl. c.628–704)
Adomnán mac Rónáin was abbot of Iona (r. 679–704) and author of the Latin Life of St Columba and an account of the holy places of the Near East (De locis sanctis). He is credited with the proclamation of the Lex innocentium or Cáin Adomnáin at the Synod of Birr.

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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.] Edition wanted
A new edition and translation by John Carey is forthcoming.
[dipl. ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, and Osborn Bergin [eds.], Lebor na hUidre: Book of the Dun Cow, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1929.
CELT – edition (pp. 1-338): <link> Internet Archive: <link>
[ed.] Dottin, Georges, Manuel d’irlandais moyen, 2 vols, vol. 2, Paris, 1913.
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31–33 [id. 6. ‘Elie et Enoch’] Extract from LB.
[ed.] Dottin, Georges, Manuel d’irlandais moyen, 2 vols, vol. 2, Paris, 1913.
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101–106 [id. 22.] Extract from LB.
[ed.] Windisch, Ernst [ed.], Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch, 4 vols, vol. 1, Leipzig, 1880.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – Originally from Google Books: <link> – Vol. 1, part 1: View in Mirador – Vol. 1, part 2: Wörterbuch: View in Mirador
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], Fis Adamnain: slicht Libair na hUidre. Adamnán's vision, Simla: privately printed, 1870.
[tr.] Boswell, C. S., An Irish precursor of Dante: a study on the vision of Heaven and Hell ascribed to the eighth-century Irish Saint Adamnán, with translation of the Irish text, London, 1908.
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28–47 Translation of the LU version.
[tr.] Stokes, Whitley [tr.], “Adamnan’s Vision”, Fraser's Magazine 83 (1871): 184–194. Reprinted in Margaret Stokes, Three months in the Forests of France, London 1895, pp. 265-79.
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[ed.] [tr.] Malone, Sylvester, Church history of Ireland: from the Anglo-Norman invasion to the reformation, with succession of bishops down to the present day, 2 vols, vol. 2, 3rd ed., Dublin: M. H. Gill & Son, 1880.
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347 (text, Appendix OO); 192 (translation) Extract from the text in LB, beg. on p. 255b.

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Colwell, James J., “Fís Adamnán: a comparative study, with introduction, text, and commentary based on the version of the Lebor na Huidre”, unpublished PhD dissertation, University of Edinburgh, 1952.
Dumville, David N., “Towards an interpretation of Fís Adomnáin”, Studia Celtica 12–13 (1977–1978): 62–77.
Seymour, St. John D., “The vision of Adamnán”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 37 C (1927): 304–312.
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