Classical Allusions in Irish Literature

About this project

This database is under development through the ERC-funded project CLIC (2019-2024) and contains a growing body of sample data. For updates on new content follow us on Twitter @CLIC_ERC or check the CLIC website.

The database is conceived as an interdisciplinary reference tool. It records published translations, adaptations, and literary works inspired by classical sources in both English and Irish languages and provides references to mythological figures, historical figures, and classical locations mentioned in those works, along with relevant bibliography. In the case of dramatic works, the database provides links to external information about performances.

Mythological figures, historical figures, and classical locations are divided into two categories. 'Main' indicates that the figure or location is of central significance to the work. 'Minor' indicates that the figure or location is referenced more briefly, as recorded.

Prof. Torrance has previously co-authored the Oath Project Database.

Current phase: In its first on-going phase, the database is being populated with records from texts studied within the scope of the research project Greek Tragedy and Irish Politics, namely published texts in both English and Irish languages which adapt, translate, or are inspired by classical Greek tragedy.

Future development: The recruitment of two postdoctoral researchers and three PhD students under the auspices of the ERC-funded project CLIC will enable a team of researchers working on different Irish authors from various historical periods to develop the content of the database exponentially.

It is anticipated that the project's PI will continue maintaining and developing the database after the end of the project period.


This database has been designed and developed by Henning Horn at Aarhus University in collaboration with Isabelle Torrance.

Seed funding for the database prototype was generously provided by the Dean’s Office at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, and the Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies. Development of the database has been made possible thanks to the European Research Council.

Image for database banner © Lars Kruse.