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The Ancient Celts

The Ancient Celts

  • Author: Barry W. Cunliffe
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 324
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More than two hundred illustrations--including twenty-four color plates--and thirty maps complement an authoritative account that draws on recent archaeological findings to trace the development of Celtic civilization and its influence on Europe past and present. History Main. UP.

The Ancient Celts

The Ancient Celts

  • Author: Barry Cunliffe
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019875292X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 496
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Fierce warriors and skilled craftsmen, the Celts were famous throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World. They were the archetypal barbarians from the north and were feared by both Greeks and Romans. For two and a half thousand years they have continued to fascinate those who have come into contact with them, yet their origins have remained a mystery and even today are the subject of heated debate among historians and archaeologists. Barry Cunliffe's classic study of the ancient Celtic world was first published in 1997. Since then huge advances have taken place in our knowledge: new finds, new ways of using DNA records to understand Celtic origins, new ideas about the proto-urban nature of early chieftains' strongholds. All these developments are part of this fully updated, and completely redesigned edition. Cunliffe explores the archaeological reality of these bold warriors and skilled craftsmen of barbarian Europe who inspired fear in both the Greeks and the Romans. He investigates the texts of the classical writers and contrasts their view of the Celts with current archaeological findings. Tracing the emergence of chiefdoms and the fifth- to third-century migrations as far as Bosnia and the Czech Republic, he assesses the disparity between the traditional story and the most recent historical and archaeological evidence on the Celts. Other aspects of Celtic identity such as the cultural diversity of the tribes, their social and religious systems, art, language and law, are also examined. From the picture that emerges, we are - crucially - able to distinguish between the original Celts, and those tribes which were "Celtized," giving us an invaluable insight into the true identity of this ancient people.

The Religion of the Ancient Celts

The Religion of the Ancient Celts

  • Author: J. A. MacCulloch
  • Publisher: The Floating Press
  • ISBN: 1775414019
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 574
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Today, Ireland is strongly associated with the Roman Catholic Church, but the forebears of the modern-day Irish population participated in a largely unknown religion awash in its own unique system of myth, ritual, and symbolism. In The Religion of the Ancient Celts, author J.A. MacCulloch presents a learned and engaging survey of this fascinating subject. A must-read for fans of ancient Celtic culture or comparative religion buffs.

Life of the Ancient Celts

Life of the Ancient Celts

  • Author: Hazel Richardson
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 9780778720454
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 32
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Examines the daily activities, army, religion, economy, arts, and social structures of the ancient Celts during their period of domination in Europe.

The Philosopher and the Druids

The Philosopher and the Druids

A Journey Among the Ancient Celts

  • Author: Philip Freeman
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9780743289061
  • Category: History
  • Page: 240
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Early in the first century B.C. a Greek philosopher named Posidonius began an ambitious and dangerous journey into the little-known lands of the Celts. A man of great intellectual curiosity and considerable daring, Posidonius traveled from his home on the island of Rhodes to Rome, the capital of the expanding empire that had begun to dominate the Mediterranean. From there Posidonius planned to investigate for himself the mysterious Celts, reputed to be cannibals and savages. His journey would be one of the great adventures of the ancient world. Posidonius journeyed deep into the heart of the Celtic lands in Gaul. There he discovered that the Celts were not barbarians but a sophisticated people who studied the stars, composed beautiful poetry, and venerated a priestly caste known as the Druids. Celtic warriors painted their bodies, wore pants, and decapitated their foes. Posidonius was amazed at the Celtic women, who enjoyed greater freedoms than the women of Rome, and was astonished to discover that women could even become Druids. Posidonius returned home and wrote a book about his travels among the Celts, which became one of the most popular books of ancient times. His work influenced Julius Caesar, who would eventually conquer the people of Gaul and bring the Celts into the Roman Empire, ending forever their ancient way of life. Thanks to Posidonius, who could not have known that he was recording a way of life soon to disappear, we have an objective, eyewitness account of the lives and customs of the ancient Celts.

The Ancient Celts

The Ancient Celts

  • Author: Patricia Calvert
  • Publisher: Children's Press(CT)
  • ISBN: 9780531123591
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 112
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Describes the civilization of the Celts, including the roles and responsibilities of the people within different social classes, such as the farmers, kings, nobles, witches, druids, warriors, and warrior queens.

Religion of the Ancient Celts 1911

Religion of the Ancient Celts 1911

  • Author: J. a. MacCulloch
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780766151604
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 412
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1911. In this work, MacCulloch attempts to rebuild Celtic paganism and to guess at its inner spirit. He portrays the Celt as a seeker after God, linking himself by strong ties to the unseen and eager to conquer the unknown by religious rite and magic art. The earliest aspect of his religion was the cult of nature spirits and of life manifested in nature.

The Druids

The Druids

Esoteric Wisdom of the Ancient Celtic Priests

  • Author: Rudolf Steiner
  • Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press
  • ISBN: 9781855840997
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 78
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The Sun Initiation of the Druid Priests and their Moon Science; The Mysteries of Ancient Ireland; Celtic Christianity - the Heritage of the Druids; Teachings of the Mysteries - the Spirit in Nature; The Great Mysteries - the Mystery of Christ; The Function of the Standing Stones; Spiritual Imaginations.

Celtic Mythology and the Religion of the Ancient Celts

Celtic Mythology and the Religion of the Ancient Celts

  • Author: Charles River Charles River Editors,Jesse Harasta
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • ISBN: 9781978292215
  • Category:
  • Page: 108
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*Includes pictures. *Includes ancient accounts describing the Celts and their religious practices. *Includes footnotes and a bibliography. "Throughout all of Gaul there are two classes of people who are treated with dignity and honor. This does not include the common people, who are little better than slaves and never have a voice in councils. Many of these align themselves with a patron voluntarily, whether because of debt or heavy tribute or out of fear of retribution by some other powerful person. Once they do this, they have given up all rights and are scarcely better than servants. The two powerful classes mentioned above are the Druids and the warriors. Druids are concerned with religious matters, public and private sacrifices, and divination." - Julius Caesar The Celts are one of the most well-known groups in Europe and one of the least understood. Depending on which classifications are used, the Celts are also one of the oldest civilizations in Europe. In the centuries before Christ, the Celts were spread out across much of continental Europe, and though they are mostly identified with Gaul, evidence suggests they also spread as far as Portugal. Though they were spread out across Europe before the height of the Roman Empire, most people associate the Celts with the British Isles today, particularly Ireland and Scotland. After they had been relegated to those smaller regions as a result of the Romans and other migrations, the culture of the Celts as it is currently understood began to congeal during the Early Middle Ages, and Celtic culture, folklore, and legend have all become inextricably intertwined with Irish history and British history as a whole. Historically, Celtic cultures differ from their English and French neighbors in a number of ways, including social organization, language, values and economic systems, but one of the most captivating of these has always been their myths. Celtic Myths, which can be read in translation without needing special training in grammar, are more accessible than the Celtic languages, and unlike the other distinctive features that have faded over the centuries, myths still have their immediacy and power when read today. While much has undoubtedly been lost from the ancient Celts over time, medieval manuscripts help scholars understand how Celtic myths have reached the form they have today. Like many ancient belief systems, Celtic mythology shares Indo-European roots, meaning Celtic beliefs have cousins in related societies like the Norse, Greeks, Romans and Slavs, with a foundation of shared mythmaking that goes back several millennia. Descriptions of Celtic mythology by their contemporaries, including the Ancient Romans and Greeks, provide a hazy picture, while the tales recorded by Christian monks and undoubtedly bear the stamp of their own religious affiliations. Celtic Mythology: The Religion of the Ancient Celts examines the history and legacy of the religion practiced by the Ancient Celts. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about Celtic mythology like you never have before, in no time at all.

The Druids

The Druids

Priests of the Ancient Celts

  • Author: Paul R. Lonigan
  • Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 144
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This comprehensive study of the Druids offers a fresh look at the enigmatic and often controversial question of the role of these priests in Celtic society. The religion of Druidism is examined as an inheritance of Indo-European tradition, with intriguing analogies made between Irish and Roman cultic practices. The author identifies the functions of the ancient priests, providing an inventory of their duties and services. Druids are also defined in terms of their connections with other branches of Eurasian mysticism. This study will be of particular interest to scholars of Irish culture, Celtic culture, and comparative religion.

The Ancient Celtic Festivals

The Ancient Celtic Festivals

and How We Celebrate Them Today

  • Author: Clare Walker Leslie,Frank E. Gerace
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1594776040
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 64
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Travel 2,500 years back in time to find out where many of our modern holiday traditions originated. • Charming full-color ink and watercolor illustrations throughout. • This valuable resource for teachers and parents uses hands-on activities, natural science facts, and observations to explore the concepts of measuring time, making calendars, and marking seasonal celebrations. • Shows how our popular holiday traditions are rooted in nature, beginning as the seasonal festivals of an ancient society. Children love holiday celebrations but most don't know why they wear masks on Halloween or watch for the groundhog on February 2. Now they can discover that many of our modern traditions started with the festivals of the ancient Celts. The Celts were farming people, so their festivals marked the important events of the agricultural year. Imbolc, in very early spring, celebrated the birth of new lambs, while Samhain, in late fall, celebrated the end of the growing season and the beginning of winter. If we look at our modern calendar, we'll find Groundhog Day falling where Imbolc did, Halloween where the Celts celebrated Samhain, and a host of other holiday correspondences. That's because descendants of the Celts were among the first Europeans to settle in the New World, bringing their holiday traditions with them. In a world of electric lights and store-bought foods, The Ancient Celtic Festivals can help children make the connections to nature that their ancestors did. Whimsically illustrated activity pages invite them to bake a harvest corn bread, stage a spring festival, or warm up the cold depths of winter with hot spiced cider. Teachers, librarians, parents, and children alike will welcome this book as a fun-filled resource.

The ancient world of the Celts

The ancient world of the Celts

  • Author: Peter Berresford Ellis
  • Publisher: Constable & Company Limited
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 238
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Ancient Celts

Ancient Celts

Europe's Tribal Ancestors

  • Author: Kathryn Hinds
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
  • ISBN: 9780761445142
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 80
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The history of the ancient world is dominated by the great civilizations of Greece, Rome, China, India, and others. Yet not far beyond the borders of these famed states lived other peoples: the barbarians. They were first given this name by the ancient Greeks, and it imitated the sounds of languages that the Greeks found incomprehensible. Soon, though, barbarians came to be thought of not just as peoples unfamiliar with the languages and customs of Greece and Rome, but as wild, uncivilized, uncultured peoples – and this stereotype has largely endured to the present day. the barbarians, however, had rich cultures of their own, as even some ancient writers realized. Barbarians! offers young people the opportunity to look beyond the borders of the familiar cultures of Greece and Rome and meet the peoples who played a compelling but often overlooked role in the history of Europe, Asia, and even Africa.

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Barry Cunliffe
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191577871
  • Category: History
  • Page: 176
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Savage and bloodthirsty, or civilized and peaceable? The Celts have long been a subject of enormous fascination, speculation, and misunderstanding. From the ancient Romans to the present day, their real nature has been obscured by a tangled web of preconceived ideas and stereotypes. Barry Cunliffe seeks to reveal this fascinating people for the first time, using an impressive range of evidence, and exploring subjects such as trade, migration, and the evolution of Celtic traditions. Along the way, he exposes the way in which society's needs have shaped our visions of the Celts, and examines such colourful characters as St Patrick, Cú Chulainn, and Boudica. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections

The Ancient Celts, Their Tradition and Living Legacy

  • Author: David James,Simant Bostock
  • Publisher: Blanford
  • ISBN: 9780713726046
  • Category: History
  • Page: 128
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Origins, monuments and sites and legacy of traditional crafts. Coverage of their history from ancient to modern times.

The Celtic Druids' Year

The Celtic Druids' Year

Seasonal Cycles of the Ancient Celts

  • Author: John Robert King
  • Publisher: Blandford Press
  • ISBN: 9780713724639
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 240
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"King's focus is on the wheel of the Celtic year with its cycle of four celebrations.... King describes the religious underpinnings of the festivals, the functions of the Druid priests and bards, relationships to other mythologies, and the influence of historical assimilation and migration on what we know of Celtic myth."-- "Booklist . 256 pages, 30 b/w illus., 6 x 9 1/4.

The Bardic Source Book

The Bardic Source Book

Inspirational Legacy and Teachings of the Ancient Celts

  • Author: John Matthews
  • Publisher: Burns & Oates
  • ISBN: 9780713727852
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 384
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The bards of the ancient Celtic world were visionaries and shamans, wise to the power of words, perceptive about otherworldly phenomena, and capable of opening doors to spiritual realms. Celebrate their legacy with this outstanding collection. These poems, stories and speeches come from throughout Britain: some, like the Merlinian Poems, focus on familiar and much-loved material. Others, equally magical, tell of kings and heroes; wild adventures; witty satirists, and powerful enchanters

War, Women, and Druids

War, Women, and Druids

Eyewitness Reports and Early Accounts of the Ancient Celts

  • Author: Philip Freeman
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • ISBN: 0292789130
  • Category: History
  • Page: 112
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"The ancient Celts capture the modern imagination as do few other people of classical times. Naked barbarians charging the Roman legions, Druids performing sacrifices of unspeakable horror, women fighting beside their men and even leading armies—these, along with stunning works of art, are the images most of us call to mind when we think of the Celts," observes Philip Freeman. "And for the most part, these images are firmly based in the descriptions handed down to us by the Greek and Roman writers." This book draws on the firsthand observations and early accounts of classical writers to piece together a detailed portrait of the ancient Celtic peoples of Europe and the British Isles. Philip Freeman groups the selections (ranging from short statements to longer treatises) by themes—war, feasting, poetry, religion, women, and the Western Isles. He also presents inscriptions written by the ancient Celts themselves. This wealth of material, introduced and translated by Freeman to be especially accessible to students and general readers, makes this book essential reading for everyone fascinated by the ancient Celts.