Happy Birthday, R. A. S. Macalister !

Inspired by our runological cousins, who celebrate International Day of Runology on 14 December each year, we have decided to declare a global day of celebration for our own dear script. Following some discussion as to which would make the most suitable day, we have settled upon the birthday of a true giant of ogham… Continue reading Happy Birthday, R. A. S. Macalister !

In Lebor Ogaim, ‘The Book of Ogam’

By Deborah Hayden, OG(H)AM’s Co-Investigator In my last blog post on this site I discussed some of the earliest attestations of manuscript ogam, as well as the relationship between this script and ideas about alphabets that are expressed in the earliest grammar of the Irish language, Auraicept na nÉces (‘The Scholars’ Primer’). This post picks up… Continue reading In Lebor Ogaim, ‘The Book of Ogam’

Digital Ogam: Implementation and Implications; Guest blog by Adrian Doyle

We are grateful to Adrian Doyle for contributing a guest blog this month. He is the creator of the Würzburg Irish Glosses website (wurzburg.ie) and is currently completing a PhD researching Natural Language Processing techniques for Old Irish in NUIG. Adrian writes: The ogam script has existed for over one and a half thousand years.… Continue reading Digital Ogam: Implementation and Implications; Guest blog by Adrian Doyle

The use of Ogham in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla: Guest Blog by Clara Scholz

We are grateful to our Erasmus+ student intern Clara Scholz for providing this month’s blog. Clara writes: Ogham inscriptions have slowly but surely made their way into several pieces of popular media. One of the most recent and widely recognized pieces the script appears in is the newest addition to the videogame universe of Assassin’s… Continue reading The use of Ogham in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla: Guest Blog by Clara Scholz

The origins of manuscript ogam and medieval Irish grammatical tradition

By Deborah Hayden, OG(H)AM’s Co-Investigator Around the middle of the ninth century, an Irish scribe who was perhaps feeling a little the worse for wear after a long night of merrymaking jotted down the word LATHEIRT (‘excessive drunkenness’, ‘hangover’) in ogam across the upper margin of a page in his copy of Priscian’s Latin grammar.… Continue reading The origins of manuscript ogam and medieval Irish grammatical tradition

You say ogham, and I say Ogam

By David Stifter, OG(H)AM’s Irish Principal Investigator What is ogam? Ogam is the name of a singularly original writing system consisting of strokes and notches across a stem-line that had its heyday in Ireland and Britain in the early middle ages, but that continued in use for a much longer time, espe­cially in Scotland. In… Continue reading You say ogham, and I say Ogam

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