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The Gododdin of Aneirin: Text and Context from Dark-Age North Britain
by John T. Koch
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0964244675, Paperback)A controversial new edition of the Dark-Age epic. The oldest core of the Gododdin was composed in the decades around AD 600. The version preserved for us, though ascribed to the 6th-century poet Aneirin, is found in a thirteenth-century manuscript that shows the effects of centuries of oral and scribal transmission and has thus undergone considerable changes. John T. Koch now investigates the historical context and the process of transmission and for the first time seeks to reconstruct the text to its original form.
The centrepiece of the book is a new edition and translation of Aneirin's poem. It differs from earlier editions (such as those of Sir Ifor Williams, Kenneth Jackson, and A. O. H. Jarman)in providing a reconstructed text based on principles of textual criticism and historical linguistics, thus allowing the separation of early material from later modifications.
The editor provides a substantial historical introduction and extensive notes.
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