> | A Chairde,
> | A friend and i are having an argument about which of the celtic
> | had the earliest codified body of laws. I said it would be the irish Brehon
> | laws, while he maintains that the welsh had something older. Anyone have any
> | ideas? Proof? Speculation? Documentation? Go raibh mile maith agat,
> | Liam
> There is much to suggest strongly that many elements of these were
> inherited from a Common Indo-European tradition, with parallels in Italic,
> Indian, etc, traditions. Besides, the further you go back, the more the
> Irish and Welsh would have inherited from a Common Celtic period, so it
> seems to me like the argument is a bit moot.
> The best guide to the Irish laws is the book by Fergus Kelly, "A Guide
> to Early Irish Law". There is also a recent book of the Welsh Laws, called
> something like "The Laws of Hywl Dda". I think these particular laws were
> codified something like the 10/11th century, but again are based on older
> Welsh laws.
Well Liam Since legend has it that Cambru was settled @ circa 1200BCE
and Earinn aws Settled @ Circe 400-450 BCE by the Millisians Then One
Might Presume that the Brituinn, Cambru, Alba, and Corncambru, Would have
brought an Essence of Hellenistic Laws and Written Languages with Them.
Reguardless of the Latin History Books which state that There was
No written language on Either Island(s). Chances are that these Laws were
in existance. If naught else than to Presume that The Laws of the Dara
Uidh (Druidhs) were carefull enough to Seperate Peoples into Casts and
Class ratings. In simular fashion to the Hindic Aryans (Spell?) Or The
Teutonic Aryans.But That was Surely a Governibg set of Rules and I supect
that the Breton -Cambru was the Oldest of these Since They Seemed To Carry
the strongest traces of Mediterianian Influence.
Well That was My two Pence worth.
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