>From: Richard Marsh <[log in to unmask]>
>I see no reason not to take tech midcuarta as drinking hall, but I would
>also suggest that a Meath-mid-mead-Maeve connection -- drinking a health to
>the local aspect of the Mother Goddess -- might also have been in the minds
>of the inbibers as a multi-layered poetic pun.
Aside from the possible etymology of Medbh's name, what evidence is there to
connect her figure with mead? And what makes her a "local aspect of the
<snip>A couple years ago, in a lecture to the Royal Society of Antiquaries
of Ireland, Richard Warner of the Ulster Museum in Belfast, who
mischievously ruffled a lot of feathers by re-mooting the
Romans-in-Ireland theory in the mid-90s, described the earthwork as a
>god line. It is aligned north-south, and Warner said that if you
>continue the line north to the Antrim coast it strikes a number of
>significant ancient sites. It is meant to be a line travelled by gods or
>super heroes, not humans, because it also passes over natural obstacles
>such as cliffs.
Did Mr. Warner offer any evidence for this notion of a "god line" being
other than his own speculation?
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