Warner on Ptolemy’s Ireland.
Archaeologist Richard Warner will attempt to rescue the Irish portion of the brilliant cartographic project of the 2nd century Alexandrian genius, Claudius Ptolemaeus, from the unjustified ‘correcting’-activities of modern scholars. He will shine an archaeological light on the details of Ptolemy’s map of Ireland and will eschew the popular use of linguistic word-play and clever mathematics. He will attempt to show how Ptolemy compiled the map and will make what he hopes are reasonable identifications of the places and peoples he listed. He will show that for Ireland, surprisingly considering its claimed cultural and linguistic continuity, a smaller proportion of names can be identified in later sources than in the rest of western Europe.