Texts

Vita sancti Abbani (abbatis de Magh Arnaide)‘Life of St Abbán (abbot of Mag Arnaide)’

  • Latin, Hiberno-Latin
  • prose
  • Irish hagiography
Latin Life of St Abbán of Mag Arnaide (Moyarney, now Adamstown in Co. Wexford)
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Manuscripts
Language
  • Latin Hiberno-Latin
Form
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Betha AbáinBetha AbáinVernacular Irish recension of the Life of St Abbán of Mag Arnaide (Moyarney, now Adamstown in Co. Wexford) and Cell Abbáin (Killabban, Co. Laois)Betha AbáinBetha AbáinVernacular Irish recension of the Life of St Abbán of Mag Arnaide (Moyarney, now Adamstown in Co. Wexford) and Cell Abbáin (Killabban, Co. Laois)

Classification

Irish hagiographyIrish hagiography
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Subjects

Abbán of MoyarneyAbbán of Moyarney (Adamstown)
(d. 510?)
Abbán of Adamstown
early Irish saint, abbot of Mag Arnaide (Moyarney, now Adamstown, Co. Wexford) and Cell Abbáin (Killabban, Co. Laois)
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Sources

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.] Plummer, Charles, Vitae sanctorum Hiberniae, partim hactenus ineditae, 2 vols, vol. 1, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1910.
Internet Archive: <link>
3–33 Edition based on the Marsh MS, collated with twelve surviving sections of TCD MS 175. direct link
Plummer, Charles, Vitae sanctorum Hiberniae, partim hactenus ineditae, 2 vols, vol. 2, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1910.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
389
[ed.] Heist, W. W. [ed.], Vitae sanctorum Hiberniae: ex codice olim Salmanticensi, nunc Bruxellensi. Lives of the saints of Ireland, from the Salamanca manuscript now of Brussels, Subsidia Hagiographica 28, Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1965.
256–274 Text from the Brussels MS
[ed.] Colgan, John, Acta sanctorum veteris et maioris Scotiæ seu Hiberniæ, sanctorum insulæ, Louvain: Everard De Witte, 1645.
Data.onb.ac.at: <link> Google Books: <link>, <link>
610 ff
Acta sanctorum quotquot toto orbe coluntur, vel a catholicis scriptoribus celebrantur, 68 vols, vol. 60: Octobris XII (26–29), Antwerp: Ioannes Meursius, 1867.
276 ff Based on Colgan's text

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Riain, Pádraig, “St. Abbán: the genesis of an Irish saint’s life”, in: Evans, D. Ellis, John G. Griffith, and E. M. Jope (eds), Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Celtic studies, held at Oxford, from 10th to 15th July, 1983, Proceedings of the International Congress of Celtic Studies, Oxford: D. E. Evans, 1986. 159–170.
Howlett, David, “The prologue to the Vita sancti Abbani”, Peritia 15 (2001): 27–30.  
abstract:
From two Dublin manuscripts, one of the fourteenth century and another of the fifteenth, an edition, translation, and analysis of the thirteenth-century prologue to the ‘Vita sancti Abbani’ in the Vitae sanctorum Hiberniae reveals an array of compositional techniques—prose rhythm, parallel and chiastic statement and restatement, infixed numerical values of names, and recurrence of words at points fixed by arithmetic ratios—that demonstrate eloquently the survival of a tradition of thought and composition from the beginnings of Hiberno-Latin literature beyond the Norman conquest of Ireland.
Plummer, Charles, Vitae sanctorum Hiberniae, partim hactenus ineditae, 2 vols, vol. 1, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1910.
Internet Archive: <link>
xxiii–xxvi direct link
Contributors
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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