The Sacred Island: An Ancient Name for Ireland

Alexandra Madela

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That Ireland’s Greek name Ἰέρνη was connected with the
word ἱερός (sacred) is attested only by a Latin writer.
The following article argues that this derivation is also
represented by an etymological pun in the "Orphic
Argonautica", a Greek epic poem from late antiquity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-29
Number of pages5
JournalClassics Ireland
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Ireland
  • Orphic Argonautica
  • Late Antiquity
  • Greek
  • Ora Maritima


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