Milesians


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Milesians

(mĭlē`zhənz), in Irish mythology, the ancestors of the present inhabitants of Ireland. The last invaders of ancient Ireland, they were said to have dwelt in Spain before attacking Ireland, where they defeated the Tuatha De DanannTuatha De Danann
, in Irish mythology, invaders of ancient Ireland before the Milesians. They were endowed with great supernatural powers, which enabled them to defeat their predecessors, the Fomors. However, they were themselves defeated by the Milesians.
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Pozo Garza's poems aspire to the fusion of the two Celtic communities, the Galician and the Irish, and they draw extensively on Lebor Gabala Erenn, the Book of Invasions which narrates the invasion of Ireland by the Milesians. Can this Celtic subject matter be relevant to modern city life?
The Heroic Cycle of literature involves the history of the Milesians, considered relatives of the present-day Irish race.
The studies are filled with specific details about funerary practices in ancient Sparta, Roman Britain, ancient Egypt, among the Scythians, and among the Milesians of Athens, among others.
(1) This bifurcation of the arche, which from the gnosiological viewpoint surely constituted a progress, as compared to the prime matter of Milesians, is simultaneously characterized by a new search, on the part of Pythagoreans, for the means of expressing the monistic unity of the world.
In it, the Tuatha De Danaan are not merely warriors but also enchanters whose sorcery enables them to take Ireland from the monstrous Firblogs and keep it until the arrival of the Milesians, who drive them under the hills and into legend.
Frederiek Depoortere's slim volume is an expansive history of the Western concept of God, from the Milesians to Nietzsche, with particular attention to "how we have lost God in the West (viii)." As he mentions in his preface, given the immensity of his project, he has methodically relied on "carefully selected" secondary works to construct this history, leaving to us the judgment of the appropriateness and adequacy of this reliance.
The sixth chapter turns to Herodotus's account of Phrynichus's Fall of Miletus, the earliest performance of a tragedy on record, staged only two years after the Persians' actual defeat of the Milesians. Focusing on that early audience's reaction--namely, their bursting into tears--Kottman challenges Aristotle's understanding of the relation between mimesis and politics, insofar as these tears are not a manifestation of Katharsis.
the Milesians, the Eleatics and the Sophists] all wondered aloud in the village square about the ultimate constitution of the universe, about the ultimate nature of things, about the nature of concepts and about the structure of the human society.
Glorvina and her father--who purportedly descended from the Kings of Connaught--insistently claim for themselves the status of "pure" Irishness or of "true Milesians".
13 In which country's legendary past did the Milesians wipe out the Firbolgs?
In her epilogue, "A Farewell to the Milesians?" Professor O'Halloran reinforces her thesis that eighteenth-century antiquarian writings shaped Irish cultural development.
such a one is a true Milesian!"--or, "he is a descendant of the English Irish;"--or, "they are new people--we hear nothing of them till the wars of Cromwell".' (26) And yet, because The Wild Irish Girl was published five years after the Act of Union, and because Owenson evidently feared the true Milesians were dying away, she paradoxically advocates the destruction of this Gaelic world in the assimilation of English and Irish.