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The Irish Classical Self: Poets and Poor Scholars in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Laurie O’Higgins


This book considers the ?classical strain? among non-elite people in eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century Ireland. It investigates the legend of classical hedge schools, finding truth in it; some poor people indeed studied Latin and Greek. The eighteenth-century ?Irish classical self? grew partly out of influential identity narratives developed in the seventeenth century by clerics on the European continent. These men, commonly members of the learned class displaced from their traditional roles, combined native learning with humanities training afforded by seminaries. Responding to influen ... More

Keywords: Latin, Greek, classical hedge school, identity narrative, interaction of languages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198767107
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767107.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurie O’Higgins, author
Euterpe B. Dukakis Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies, Bates College