[Milton-L] Off Topic . . . But Relevant to English Literature

John Leonard jleonard at uwo.ca
Thu Sep 24 18:22:47 EDT 2009


The report linked below includes the significant detail that some of the objects are spoil taken in battle from the Mercians' enemies.  So some of it might be Celtic in origin.  But that does not mean that the hoard itself is not Anglo Saxon.  
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  From: Horace Jeffery Hodges 
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        Jim Rovira asked: "Doesn't a Latin inscription on goldwork sound more Celtic than Anglo-Saxon?"


        Interesting question, Jim. I don't know the answer, but I've put links in my blog entry to a couple more reports that might be of use:


        http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/2009/09/anglo-saxon-hoard-found-in-former.html


        Everyone seems to be calling this stuff Anglo-Saxon, and one of the links has a nice video report.


        Jeffery Hodges


        --- On Thu, 9/24/09, James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com> wrote:


          From: James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com>
          Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Off Topic . . . But Relevant to English Literature
          To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
          Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 1:49 PM


          Doesn't a Latin inscription on goldwork sound more Celtic than Anglo-Saxon?

          Jim R


          On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 2:22 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <jefferyhodges at yahoo.com> wrote:

                  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090924/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_anglo_saxon_gold


                  "Largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure found in UK"


                  And given the martial qualities of the early Anglo-Saxons, this is interesting to note:

                    One of the most intriguing objects in hoard is a small strip of gold inscribed with a warlike Latin quotation from the Old Testament, which translates as: "Rise up, O Lord, and may thy enemies be dispersed and those who hate thee be driven from thy face." 

                  Beowulf would have appreciated such a sentiment in his battles with the Grendels and the dragon...


                  Jeffery Hodges 

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