Acallam Bec or Agallamh Bheag ("The Little Colloquy") is the title of a medieval Irish compilation of fianaigecht tales, preserved in the fifteenth-century Book of Lismore and the Reeves manuscript. It is closely related to the Acallam na Senórach ("The Colloquy of the Elders"), of which it is sometimes considered to be a later recension. It differs from it in making Oisín rather than Caílte the principal character. Douglas Hyde has suggested that the text may preserve the lost beginning of Acallam na Senórach.
Editions and translations
- A new edition by Julia S. Kuhns is forthcoming. Source
- An Craoibhín (pseudonym of Douglas Hyde) (ed. and trans.). "An Agallamh Bheag." Lia Fáil 1 (1927): 79-107. Partial edition with translation into Modern Irish. Available online from Celtic Digital Initiative
- Pennington, Walter (tr.). "The Little Colloquy." Philological Quarterly 9.2 (1930): 97-110. Available online from Celtic Digital Initiative
- Hyde, Douglas. "The Reeves Manuscript of the Agallamh na Senorach." Revue Celtique 38 (1920): 289-95.
- Murphy, Gerard. The Ossianic Lore and Romantic Tales of Medieval Ireland. Dublin, 1955. Text Extract from 1961 edition reproduced online