The Finding of the True Cross (Inventio Sanctae Crucis) is a widely known legend which was very popular from late antiquity on. Even at the beginning of the 20th century it was recognised as historical fact that Helena, the mother of Constantine, found the True Cross of Christ in Jerusalem in the 4th century. My dissertation project will deal with an critical edition of the medieval Irish and Welsh versions of the legend and will show their connection among each other and to possible Latin originals from which they were translated. Additionally, a known Hiberno-Latin version of the Inventio will be edited, too. For the purpose of analysing and comparing the sources and literary contexts the Old and Middle English und Old Norse versions will be taken into consideration also.
Prof. Dr. Erich Poppe, Philipps-Universität Marburg
Fachgebiet Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
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