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Ogham: An Irish Alphabet

Ogham: An Irish Alphabet

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Author: Cristoir M. Fhearaigh

Brand: Brand: Hippocrene Books

Edition: Reprint


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ISBN: 0781806658

Number Of Pages: 80

Publisher: Hippocrene Books

Release Date: 1998-11-01

Details: The form of Irish known as Ogham was established as a medium of written communication by the fourth century AD. Ogham is believed to have been influenced by the Latin alphabet and consists of twenty letters carved along a vertical line, for example along the edge of a standing stone. This book is a bilingual explanation and illustrated representation of the Ogham alphabet.

EAN: 9780781806657

Here is a brief summary of the Ogham alphabet.  Stay tuned for more detailed posts in the days to come.  Sign up below for the Ogham Art Newsletter to receive email notifications about new postings, blogs, products and events.

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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