Hi Chris, hi all,
> From: CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Christopher Gwinn
> > Actually, Peter Busse, one of my colleagues here at Aberystwyth,
> > gave a paper last Saturday at our annual forum about connections
> > between Sarmatian court poetry and 12th century and later Welsh
> > court poetry
Oops, I have to correct myself, he talked about connections between Welsh
and Sasanian court poetry.
> Where exactly does one find more about Sarmatian court poetry? I am
> not an expert on the Sarmatians by any means, but it is my
> understanding that they left no lengthy written record of their
> language anywhere, so I would be curious to learn more about the
> nature of the evidence concerning their poetry. I was under the
> impression that Sarmatian culture had all but disappeared in Europe
> by the 4th-6th century AD (though if you count the Alans as
> Sarmatians, as some authors do - like Sulimirski, then
> you have the Ossets being the modern representatives of Sarmatian
> culture - but as I understand it, the Alans should really be seen as
> being distinct from the Sarmatians, though they share many traits
> and a common Iranian steppe heritage).
Well, given my fault above (im mixing those Iranian Sa- groups constantly,
I`m sorry), I can`t say much about Sarmatian court poetry either, but a
valuable source for Sasanian court poetry, what Peter was actually talking
about is Vesta Sarkhosch Curtis, Minstrels in Ancient Iran, in: V.S. Curtis,
R. Hillenbrand and J.M. Rogers, The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Persia.
New light on the Parthian and Sasanian Empires. London/New York 1998, ISBN 1
86064 045 1.
Sorry for the mistake,
Raimund Karl <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Research Fellow for European Archaeology
Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies
National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Cymru, UK
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