User:Patrick Brown

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"The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be."
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I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1969, and with a few breaks have lived there ever since. For several years I researched, wrote and maintained the Ulster Cycle website, currently bring reconstructed here, collecting the stories from this fascinating series of stories from Irish heroic legend. From there I developed interests in other mythologies, early Irish and British history, and from Roman Britain to Roman history generally. I'm also a cartoonist, with interests in illustration and comics art, and my webcomics, including the current one, The Cattle Raid of Cooley, an adaptation of the Irish epic Táin Bó Cúailnge, can be seen here.


Classical history and mythology

  • Developing Article Achilles: Greek hero who fought and died in the Trojan War. [e]
  • Developing Article Actaeon: Legendary hunter in Greek myth, killed by the goddess Artemis after he saw her naked. [e]
  • Developing Article Acusilaus: Ancient Greek historian and mythographer. [e]
  • Stub Asclepiodotus of Alexandria: Pagan Greek Neoplatonist philosopher. [e]
  • Developing Article Cassius Asclepiodotus: Bithynian nobleman with influence in the courts of the Roman emperors Nero and Galba. [e]
  • Stub Asclepiodotus of Heraclea: Macedonian commander of a contingent of Gauls in the Third Macedonian War of the 2nd century BC. [e]
  • Developed Article Julius Asclepiodotus: A Roman praetorian prefect who served under the emperors Aurelian, Probus and Diocletian and was consul in 292. [e]
  • Stub Asclepiodotus of Lesbos: Ally of Mithridates VI of Pontus in his wars against the Romans in the 1st century BCE. [e]
  • Stub Asclepiodotus (physician): A physician, mathematician and musician of the late 5th century AD, who was best known for promoting the medicinal uses of white hellebore. [e]
  • Stub Asclepiodotus (Stoic): A Greek Stoic philosopher of the 1st century BCE. [e]
  • Developed Article Boudica: Queen of the British Iceni who led a revolt against the Roman occupation in AD 60 or 61. [e]
  • Developed Article Carausius: Roman officer of Gaulish origins who declared himself emperor of a short-lived breakaway empire in Britain and Gaul in the 3rd century. [e]
  • Developing Article Julius Caesar: Roman general and politician who conquered Gaul, won a civil war, and was assassinated in 44BC. [e]
  • Developed Article Cunobelinus: British king of the early 1st century AD. [e]
  • Developed Article Aulus Didius Gallus: Roman senator, general and engineer of the 1st century BC, who governed Sicily and Britain and was curator of Rome's aqueducts. [e]
  • Developed Article Mamurra: Roman military officer and engineer who served under Julius Caesar. [e]
  • Developed Article Lucius Cornelius Merula (consul 87 BC): Politician and priest of the late Roman Republic. [e]
  • Developed Article Venutius: A 1st century king of the Brigantes of northern Britain. [e]

Comics and illustration

  • Developed Article Eddie Campbell: (born Glasgow, 10 August 1955) A Scottish-born comics artist who lives in Australia, best known as the illustrator of Alan Moore's Jack the Ripper graphic novel From Hell. [e]
  • Stub Comics: A graphic medium where information is conveyed through pictorial images, or by a combination of images and text. [e]
  • Developed Article Charles Keeping: 20th century British illustrator and children's author [e]
  • Developed Article Mike McMahon: British comics artist, best known for his work on 2000 AD. [e]
  • Developed Article Alan Moore: British comics writer best known for Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. [e]

Early Irish history and mythology

  • Developing Article Cairpre Nia Fer: A legendary prehistoric Irish king [e]
  • Developed Article Conaire Mór: Legendary prehistoric High King of Ireland, surrounded by contradictory traditions. [e]
  • Developed Article Conall Cernach: A hero of the Ulaid in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. [e]
  • Developed Article Conn Cétchathach: Legendary prehistoric Irish king, said to be the ancestor of many important medieval dynasties. [e]
  • Stub Connacht: Western province of Ireland. [e]
  • Developing Article Connachta: A group of early Irish dynasties who gave their name to the province of Connacht. [e]
  • Developed Article Cormac mac Airt: Legendary prehistoric Irish king famed for his just judgements, counted as an ancestor of many medieval dynasties. [e]
  • Developed Article Cú Chulainn: The teenage hero of the Ulaid in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology, sometimes referred to as "the Irish Achilles" for his choice of a short but glorious life. [e]
  • Developed Article Curadmír: The "champion's portion", an early Irish literary motif, paralleled by ancient Celtic customs, whereby warriors contended at feasts for the right to the best cut of meat. [e]
  • Developed Article Eochu Feidlech: According to medieval Irish legends and historical traditions, a High King of Ireland of the 1st or 2nd century BC. [e]
  • Developing Article Fian: An early Irish paramilitary institution, according to which groups of landless young men would live apart from society by hunting and banditry. [e]
  • Developing Article Ireland, protohistory: The period between prehistory and true Irish history, when foreign literate cultures are taking notice of Ireland, and native literacy is beginning to develop. [e]
  • Stub Irish Mythological Cycle: A body of early Irish literature which includes origin stories and tales of the supposed gods of pre-Christian Ireland. [e]
  • Stub Irish mythology: The remnants of the mythology of the pre-Christian Irish, preserved in altered form in Christian times. [e]
  • Developed Article Labraid Loingsech: Legendary prehistoric Irish king, considered the ancestor of the Laigin of Leinster. [e]
  • Stub Laigin: A population group of early Ireland who gave their name to the province of Leinster. [e]
  • Developed Article Lug mac Ethlenn: Evident deity from Irish mythology, perhaps equivalent to the Roman Mercury. [e]
  • Developed Article Medb: Legendary queen of the Connachta and antagonist of the Ulster Cycle. [e]
  • Developed Article Morrígan: Apparent goddess from Irish mythology, associated with war, death, cattle and prophesy. [e]
  • Developing Article Niall Noígiallach: Legendary and probably historical Irish king of the 5th century, and eponymous ancestor of the Uí Néill dynasties. [e]
  • Developed Article Nuadu Airgetlám: Silver-handed Irish mythological hero and apparent deity, related to the Romano-British god Nodens. [e]
  • Developed Article Táin Bó Cúailnge: "The Cattle Raid of Cooley", central epic of the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. [e]
  • Developing Article Ulaid: A people of prehistoric and early historical Ireland, who gave their name to the province of Ulster. [e]
  • Developing Article Ulster: The northernmost of the four provinces of Ireland. [e]
  • Developing Article Ulster Cycle: A body of early Irish heroic sagas set in prehistory during the reign of Conchobar mac Nessa over the Ulaid. [e]