Bernard Morgan wrote:
> Question: what would be the cultral role of Celtic Bard be in a 2nd
> century AD?
> Is Lucian description of old Ogma described else where? It is
> interesting that Lucian would seem to be describing himself, an aged
> orator, when he describes Ogmios?
A bard's role in the post conquest period would be varied and depend on
the location: in a wealthy Roman area such as Marseilles, where this
incident took place, a likely profession would be as tutor to the
young. I personally believe that members of the druid class would have
also traveled to non-Romanized Celtic areas such as Ireland to continue
their life-style, uninterrupted. Such moves would then spread Gaulish,
British and perhaps Celtic German tales which would then be applied to
their new patrons. The Celt addressed Lucian in good Greek and in the
course of the conversation revealed that he had learned "while among you
some comic iambics"
Lucian's account and more is discussed by John Rhys in _Lectures on the
Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated by Celtic Heathendom_,
1898. In the section on Mercury. The book has been reprinted and is
still available. I see that you can also read the full account on-line
here (bottom of page 13 and ff):
The above account stops before Lucian reveals his purpose for revealing
the story, which, as I said, was to demonstrate that his own advancing
years should not be seen as a detriment to his career as an orator.
Nowadays, that would not be a problem, but it seems that in the second
century, younger orators were more in vogue.
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