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dc.contributor.authorYOSE, JOSEPH
dc.contributor.authorKENNA, RALPH
dc.contributor.authorMacCARRON, PÁDRAIG
dc.contributor.authorPLATINI, THIERRY
dc.contributor.authorTONRA, JUSTIN
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-20T16:28:50Z
dc.date.available2018-09-20T16:28:50Z
dc.date.issued2016-06-01
dc.identifier.citationYOSE, JOSEPH; KENNA, RALPH; MacCARRON, PÁDRAIG; PLATINI, THIERRY; TONRA, JUSTIN (2016). A networks-science investigation into the epic poems of ossian. Advances in Complex Systems 19 (4),
dc.identifier.issn0219-5259,1793-6802
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/14493
dc.description.abstractIn 1760 James Macpherson published the first volume of a series of epic poems which he claimed to have translated into English from ancient Scottish-Gaelic sources. The poems, which purported to have been composed by a third-century bard named Ossian, quickly achieved wide international acclaim. They invited comparisons with major works of the epic tradition, including Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and effected a profound influence on the emergent Romantic period in literature and the arts. However, the work also provoked one of the most famous literary controversies of all time, coloring the reception of the poetry to this day. The authenticity of the poems was questioned by some scholars, while others protested that they misappropriated material from Irish mythological sources. Recent years have seen a growing critical interest in Ossian, initiated by revisionist and counter-revisionist scholarship and by the two-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the first collected edition of the poems in 1765. Here, we investigate Ossian from a networks-science point of view. We compare the connectivity structures underlying the societies described in the Ossianic narratives with those of ancient Greek and Irish sources. Despite attempts, from the outset, to position Ossian alongside the Homeric epics and to distance it from Irish sources, our results indicate significant network-structural differences between Macpherson's text and those of Homer. They also show a strong similarity between Ossianic networks and those of the narratives known as Acallam na Senorach (Colloquy of the Ancients) from the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology.
dc.publisherWorld Scientific Pub Co Pte Lt
dc.relation.ispartofAdvances in Complex Systems
dc.subjectnetworks
dc.subjectossian
dc.subjectjames macpherson
dc.subjectliterature
dc.subjectdigital humanities
dc.subjectsmall-world networks
dc.subjectcomplex networks
dc.subjectdistributions
dc.subjectlaw
dc.titleA networks-science investigation into the epic poems of ossian
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.doi10.1142/s0219525916500089
dc.local.publishedsourcehttp://www.worldscientific.com/doi/pdf/10.1142/S0219525916500089
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