for Neo-Latin Studies
News: Zoilomastix Launch
O'Sullivan's edition of Philip O'Sullivan
Beare's Zoilomastix (book
one: The Natural History of Ireland) will be launched by Cork
University Press on 21 May 2009.
The Zoilomastix is a lengthy
treatise written in refutation of the account of Ireland given by the
medieval author Gerald of Wales in his Topography of Ireland and Conquest of Ireland. O'Sullivan
also attacks the writings of Richard Stanihurst, whom he sees as a
modern-day Gerald of Wales.
Book one of the Zoilomastix
is devoted to re-writing the natural
history of Ireland. Although the author had spent most of his life
abroad, he was able to draw upon his classical learning and compare his
findings with the memories of Irish friends in the exile community in
Spain and Portugal. The resulting text is a complex but extensive set
of notes on Ireland's landscape, flora and fauna.
Denis O'Sullivan's edition and translation of the text is an enormous
achievement in rendering an extremely difficult manuscript accessible
to a wider public.
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