The Ogham Alphabet

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October 12 2019

PRICE: $5; free for students & museum members

TIME: 01:00 pm

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Colleen Conway, co-owner and artist of Ogham Art in Southington, will discuss "The Ogham Alphabet: Past & Present. Represented as a series of perpendicular and intersecting lines, Ogham is the earliest written form of primitive Irish and the oldest of the Gaelic languages. It is thought to be influenced by the Latin alphabet using 20 characters. It is most commonly written vertically and is read from bottom to top. When presented horizontally, it is read from left to right."Ogham was first used in Ireland and parts of England, Scotland and Wales between the second and sixth centuries," Conway said. "Though its actual origins remain a mystery, it is believed the Celtics preferred a cryptic alphabet that could not be deciphered by Roman Britain." Conway will present a concise history of the Celts and an outline of the Celtic languages. She also will teach attendees to write their names in Ogham. Her presentation will include visuals and reference materials for those interested in learning more about this relatively unknown chapter of Irish history.

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