The Ogham Stones of Ireland: The Complete & Illustrated Index
Author: Mr Philip I Powell
Number Of Pages: 452
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2011-06-15
Details: Ogham is a uniquely Irish form of writing and first appeared in Ireland around the 4th century AD and stayed in use until around the 9th century AD. It was believed by the ancient Celts, to have been created by the god “Ogha”, the Celtic god of eloquence and these ogham inscriptions are the earliest written evidence for the Irish language. It marked a major point in the history of this island, for up until then, the myths and legends, kings and heroes, had been remembered in the traditional Celtic oral culture, which was a central part of the Celtic way of life.In this book, you will find the complete and illustrated index to every ogham stone discovered in Ireland to date. The book contains 100’s of photographs and sketches, stone descriptions and dates of ogham script. Also included are the locations and co-ordinates of the stones and many translations. The book is divided into the four provinces of Ireland and then into each individual county.
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.
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.