Nagnatae


Nagnatae
Nagnatae
Regions with significant populations
Northern Connacht
Languages
Gaelic

The Nagnatae (Ναγναται) or Magnatae (Μαγναται) were a people of ancient Ireland, recorded in Ptolemy's 2nd century Geography as living in northern Connacht. Ptolemy also records a town, Nagnata (Ναγνατα) or Magnata (Μαγνατα), in their territory, between the mouths of the rivers Ravius (Ῥαουιος), thought to be the Roe, and Libnius (Λιβνιος), thought to the Erne.[1][2] O'Rahilly suggests a connection between the Nagnatae and the Fir Ól nÉcmacht, a people of early Connacht, assuming a degree of corruption in the transmission of both names.[3]

References

  1. ^ Ptolemy, Geography 2.1
  2. ^ Theodore Moody (ed.), A New History of Ireland, Oxford University Press, 1984, p. 98
  3. ^ T. F. O'Rahilly, Early Irish History and Mythology, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1946, p. 2, 11-12



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