Log in Sign up
Your Presence Written in the Past
Your Presence Written in the Past
Cart 0
Corpus Inscriptionum Insularum Celticarum: Vol 1 the Ogham Inscriptions of Ireland and Britain
Corpus Inscriptionum Insularum Celticarum: Vol 1 the Ogham Inscriptions of Ireland and Britain

Corpus Inscriptionum Insularum Celticarum: Vol 1 the Ogham Inscriptions of Ireland and Britain

Write a review
Regular price $67.63 Sale price $95.00

Author: R.A.S. Macalister

Edition: 2nd Revised ed.

ISBN: 1851822429

Number Of Pages: 544

Publisher: Four Courts Press

Release Date: 1997-01-01

Details: 544 pages.

EAN: 9781851822423

 

Ogham is the earliest written form of Primitive Irish, the oldest of the Gaelic languages. Ogham was first used in Ireland and parts of England, Scotland and Wales between the 2nd and 6th centuries. Though its actual origins remain a mystery today, it is believed the Celts desired a cryptic alphabet that could not be deciphered by Roman Britain.

Ogham Alphabet

Represented as a series of perpendicular and intersecting lines, this ancient script is thought to be influenced by the Latin alphabet using 20 characters. It is most commonly written vertically and is read from bottom to top. When presented horizontally, it is read from left to right.

Ogham was carved into stones and trees to mark land boundaries or to commemorate a member of the community. Today there are roughly 400 surviving stones featuring proper names, ancestral and tribal affiliations, and Latin words.
Ogham Stone Kilmalkedar Dingle County Kerry