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Acallam Bec

Acallam Bec or Agallamh Bheag ("The Little Colloquy") is the title of a medieval Irish compilation of fianaigecht tales, preserved in the fifteenth-century Book of Lismore and the Reeves manuscript. It is closely related to the Acallam na Senórach ("The Colloquy of the Elders"), of which it is sometimes considered to be a later recension.[1] It differs from it in making Oisín rather than Caílte the principal character. Douglas Hyde has suggested that the text may preserve the lost beginning of Acallam na Senórach.[2]


Editions and translations

  • A new edition by Julia S. Kuhns is forthcoming. Source
  • An Craoibhín (pseudonym of Available online from Celtic Digital Initiative
  • Pennington, Walter (tr.). "The Little Colloquy." Available online from Celtic Digital Initiative

Secondary sources

  • Hyde, Douglas. "The Reeves Manuscript of the Agallamh na Senorach." Revue Celtique 38 (1920): 289-95.
  • Murphy, Gerard. The Ossianic Lore and Romantic Tales of Medieval Ireland. Dublin, 1955. Text Extract from 1961 edition reproduced online
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