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A. K. Ramanujan

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Hinduism.

(1929–93),

Indian poet, born in Mysore, educated there and at Indiana University. Long resident in the USA, he was appointed Professor of Linguistics and of South East Asian...

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Acallam na Senórach

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — Literature.

(Colloquy of the Ancients),

a monastic compilation of materials from the Fionn cycle, made in the late 12th cent. The narrative tells how Oisín, son of Fionn, and Caoilte, son ...

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Achill

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Religion.

A large, mountainous island, 15 miles by 4, off the west coast of Co. Mayo. The hawk or crow of Achill was supposed to have lived for thousands of years, and could remember the remote past,...

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Adoniram Judson

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Literature.

(1788–1850),

American missionary to Burma. He came to England to confer with the LMS and was ordained a Congregational minister in 1812. On reaching Serampore he became a Baptist....

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Aeneid

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Religion.

An epic poem in Latin hexameters by Virgil, recounting the adventures of Aeneas after the fall of Troy.

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Albany

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Religion.

An ancient name for the northern part of Scotland, which from the Middle Ages was a royal title.

In London, Albany is the name of an exclusive block of flats in Piccadilly. Built...

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Alexander Cruden

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Christianity.

(1701–70),

a bookseller who in 1737 published his Biblical Concordance.

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Amiatinus Codex

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Christianity.

The best extant MS of the Vulgate, so called from the abbey of Monte Amiata, to which it was presented. It was written in England, early in the 8th cent., at Wearmouth or Jarrow. It is now...

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Angela Burdett Coutts

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century) — Christianity.

(1814–1906),

heiress and philanthropist. She inherited her wealth from Thomas Coutts, the banker. Her benefactions to the C of E included the building and endowment of a number of...

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Angelo Mai

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Christianity.

(1782–1854),

Italian philologist and palaeographer. Born of poor parents, he was educated at the Collegium Romanum and for a time belonged to the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). In...

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