yes that may well be so, but did not the Britons, for example, use chariots
against the Romans? (Boudicca etc.)
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From: "Huntsman, Jeffrey F." <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 6:09 PM
Subject: Re: burning question
Like much else in this traditional material, the use of chariots is likely a
remnant of memories of behavior from central Europe (think: the Magyar
plains). I do not attempt to remain current with the archeological
literature, but the last I knew, there I no physical evidence whatsoever of
chariots ever being in Ireland, which is on a list of islands (Iceland,
Sardinia, Io Jima) with terrain clearly unsuited to such devices.
Jeffrey F. Huntsman
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Kenneth Charles Simmonds
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 11:57 AM
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Subject: [OLD-IRISH-L] burning question
one thing that always strikes me when reading accounts of the heroic age is
the question of chariots.
How did the likes of Cú Chulainn, (whether or not he had seven fingers,
Dennis), actually use chariots under the conditions that then obtained in
Ireland? bridgeless rivers, no roads, bogs, woods, rocks, it must have been
a nightmare getting one's chariot to the place of combat and how could it
have bestowed a relative advantage in battle on the user?
By the way my qualification for posting in the first place (apart from good
old-fashioned presumption) is that I am plodding my way through David
Stifter's self-study course on Old Irish.
(by the way it's a very good course; My only beef is with the use of Greek
letters in transcriptions, which I find a distracting).