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portant than these scanty notices, and, indeed, more important than all the notices of Ireland put together, is the text of Ptolemy. In this author the details for Ireland ('lotipvta) are fuller, rather than scantier, than those for Great Britain. Yet, as Ireland was never reduced, or even explored by the Romans, his authorities must have been other than Latin. Along with this fact must be taken another, viz., that of the earliest notice of Ireland (’Iépvn) being full as early as the earliest of Britain; earlier, if we attribute the Argonautic poem to Onomaeritns; earlier, too, if we suppose that Hanno was the authority of Avienus.
if not Roman, the authorities for Ierne must have been Greek, or Phoenician, — Greek from Marseilles, Phoenician from either the mother-country or Curthage. The probabilities are in favour of the latter. On the other hand, early as we may make the first voyage from Cartilage (via Spain) to Ireland, we find no traces of any permanent occupancy, or of any intermixture of blood. The name Ieme was native,thongh it need not necessarily have been taken from the Iemians themselves. It may been Iberian (Spanish) as well. Some of the names in Ptolemy —a large proportion—are still current, e. 5:. Liboius, Seuus, Oboca, Birgus, Eblana, Nagnatnc, &c., =Lgfly, Shannon, Avoca, Harrow, Dublin, Connaught, 8w. Ptolemy gives us chiefly the names of the Irish rivers and promontories, which, although along a rum-board so deeply indented as that of Ireland not always susceptible of accurate identification, are still remarkably true in the general outline. What is of more importance, inasmuch as it shows that his authorities had gone inland, is the fact of seven towns being mentioned : —- “ The inland towns are these, Rhigia, Rhneba, Laverne, Macolicum, Dnnum, another Rhigia, Tumis."
The populations are the Vennicnii and Rhobogdii, in Ulster; the Nagnatae, in Connaugbt; the Erdini and Erpeditnni, between the Nagnatae and Vennicnii; the Uterni and Vodiae, in Munster ,- and the Auteri, Gangani. the Vcliborae (or Ellcbri), between the Uterni and Nagnatac. This leaves Leinstcr for the Brigantes, Coriondi, Menapii, Cauci, Blanii, Voluntii. and Darnii. the latter of whom may have been in Ulster. Besides the inland towns, there was a Menapia (ndAts) and an Eblana (16AM) on the coast.
Tacitus merely states that Agricola meditated the conquest of Ireland, and that the Irish were not very diti‘erent from the Britons:—“ Ingenia, cultusque hominum hand multum a Britannia dili'ernut." (Agric. 24.
It is remarkable that on the eastern coast one British and two German names oecur,— Brigantes, Cauci, and Menapii. It is more remarkable that two of these names are more or less associated on the continent. The Chanel lie north of the Menapii in Germany, though not directly. The inference from this is by no means easy. Accident is the last resource to the ethnographical philologist; so that more than one writer has nssnmcd a colonisation. Such a fact is by no means improbable. It is not much more difiicult for Germans to have been in Wexl'orrl in the second century than it was for Northme-n to have been so in the eighth, ninth, \ud tenth. On the other hand, the root m-n-p seems to have been Celtic, and to have been a common, rather than a proper, name; since l’liny gives us the island
Mmpin= Anglesea. No opinion is given as to the nature of these coincidences.
0f none of the Irish tribes mentioned by Ptolemy
do we meet any separate substantive notice, a notice of their playing any part in history, or a notice of their having come in contact with any other nation. They appw only as details in the list of the populations of lame. Neither do the Iemi appear collectively in history. They lay beyond the pale of the classical (Roman or Greek) nations, just as did the tribe of Northern Germany and Scandinavia; and we know them only in their geography, not in their history.
But they may have been tribes nnmentioned by Ptolemy, which do appear in history ; or the names of Ptolemy may have been changed. Ptolemy says nothing about any Scott" ; but Claudiun does. He also connects them with Ireland: —
“ maduerunt Saxons tuso Orcades; incaluit Pictorum sanguine Thule Scotorum cumulus tlevit glacialis lame." (De Teri. Consul. Honor-ii, 72—74.)
The extent to which the current opinions as to the early history of the Gaels of Scotland confirm the ideas suggested by the text of Clandinn is considered under $0011. At present it may be said that 8005 may easily have been either a generic name for some of the tribes mentioned in detail by Ptolemy, or else a British instead of a Gaelic name. At any rate, the Scoti may easily have been, in the time of Ptolemy, an Irish population.
Two other names suggest a similar question,— Belgse, and Attacotti. The claim of the latter to have been Irish is better than that of the former. The Attacotti occur in more than one Latin writer; the Belgne (Fir-bolgs) in the Irish annals only. [See ATTACO'XTI, and Bawm: or BRITANNIA-1
The ethnology of the ancient Ierne is ascenained by that of modem Ireland. The present population belongs to the Gaelic branch of the Celtic stock; a population which cannot. be shown to have been introduced within the historical period, whilst the shock of the time of Ptolemy cannot be shown to have been ejected. Hence, the inference that the population of Ieme consisted of the ancestors of the present Irish, is eminently reasonable, - so reasonable that no objections lie against it. That English and Scandinavian elements have been introduced since, is well known. That Spanish (Iberic) and Phoenician elements may have been introduced in the antc‘historical period, is likely; the extent to which it took place being doubtful. The most cautious investigators of Irish archaeology have hesitated to pronounce any existing remains either Phoenician or Iberian. Neither are there any remains referable to pagan Rome. [R G. L.] _
IERNUS, in Ireland, mentioned by Ptolemy (il2. § 4) as the most southern of two rivers (the Dome being the other) lying between the Senna (Shannon) and the Southern Promontory (Mizw Head)=either the Kenmore or the Banlry Bay River. [IL G. L]
JERUSALEM, the ancient capital of Palsestine, and the seat of the Hebrew kingdom.
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