Darius, King of the Romans

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Darius, King of the Romans

Postby Colin McGarry on March 17th, 2015, 2:59 pm

The Tain mentions how a the cloak of Cuchullian's charioteer was made by Simon Magnus for Darius, Kinf of the Roman. Who would this Darius be? The only Darius I could find associated with Rome was Darius of Pontus, who isn't a Roman and is a few decades before Simon Magnus. Is there another Darius it could be, or just bad record keeping?
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Re: Darius, King of the Romans

Postby Livio Asta on March 18th, 2015, 9:42 am

I checked the commentaries on two different edictions on the Tain i have. I (roughly) translate from Italian.

CH.-J. Guyonvarc'h: "Darius is a pseudo-historical figure, like hundreds in the Book of Conquests".

M. Cataldi: "There is a confusion between Romans and Persians. The compilator of a 15th century edition of Tain will try to fix it substituting the name of Darius (Dàir) with the name of Nero (Nér)".
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