St. Patrick and the 'Sun' (Conf. 20)

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dc.contributor.author Woods, David
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-22T10:36:54Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-22T10:36:54Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Woods, D., 2007. St. Patrick and the 'Sun' (Conf. 20). Studia Hibernica, 34, pp. 9-16. en
dc.identifier.volume 34 en
dc.identifier.startpage 9 en
dc.identifier.endpage 16 en
dc.identifier.issn 0081-6477
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/37
dc.description.abstract According to St. Patrick in his Confessio, he suffered some form of Satanic attack one night during his wandering in a wilderness following his escape from slavery in Ireland. I will focus on the nature of Patrick’s response to the Satanic attack, the reading and significance of the words which he is alleged to have called out during the course of this attack: “Helia, helia”. My conclusion is that there is no need to charge the young Patrick with any confusion whatsoever between the cult of the sun and any aspect of his Christian faith. He did not call upon sun-god Helios during his moment of crisis, whether in confusion with the prophet Elijah or in confusion with the Christian God. Patrick’s actual words have been lost as one copyist altered them in allusion to the Kyrie, eleison of his contemporary liturgy and another failed to detect the allusion, and so corrected the eleison in reference to Elijah instead. Nevertheless, the context suggests that his original words would have been a simple cry for mercy addressed to Christ himself, just like the eleison itself, probably miserere or something very similar. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher St Patrick’s College, Dublin en
dc.subject St. Patrick en
dc.subject Latin philology en
dc.subject.lcsh Patrick, Saint, 373-463 en
dc.subject.lcsh Christian literature, Early -- Latin authors en
dc.title St. Patrick and the 'Sun' (Conf. 20) en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://publish.ucc.ie/researchprofiles/A008/dwoods en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Dr. David Woods, Department of Classics, UCC. Email: d.woods@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.webversions http://www.spd.dcu.ie/main/research/Studia_Hibernica.shtml en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Studia Hibernica en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress d.woods@ucc.ie en


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