But I was lucky enough to see Barry Cunliffe speak about the Ancient Celts at the Oxford Literature Festival earlier this year and then to have. The Ancient Celts has ratings and 33 reviews. Jane said: Text is dry and dense on the whole, with the thrust on archaeological finds. Some history an. And though this ancient thousand-year-old civilization was crushed by the military Now, in The Ancient Celts, Barry Cunliffe, one of the world’s leading.

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Also, the circle was important. Nov 03, Maria rated it really liked it. The only negative thing are that he disregard a lot of the sources about the heathen temples founded by the Celts in France and Germany and take away focus on them to more focus on groves and springs in the religious section. The Index was reasonably complete.

Noteworthy for conveying just why the Romans saw fit to conquer them.

Still I skipped some pages, mostly those with archaeological descriptions. Many questions are raised, but I felt few were answered to no fault of the author. While the author states that much of the history of the Celtic tribes written by these Roman Historians was probably prejudiced by their romantic view of Roman conquest, he is quick to offer archeological evidence which could support their observations of the Celtic tribes and their engagement with the Roman Army.

From the Victorians glorification of Boudicca, to linguistic influences in Ireland and Britain, to the common bond of Celtic ancestry that virtually every European shares, this comprehensive history demystifies the world of the Celts as never before.

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Some history and the ancient writers have been discussed. I was hoping that this book would fill in gaps about one of the most prominent cultures during Europe I loved the two previous Cunliffe books that I read–Facing the Ocean surprisingly out of print already and Britain Begins.


I learned that the Celts were all over Europe, not just in Ireland. In a broad sense and in the confines of the material he had to cover in this book I would have to say that he achieved the goal he set out for himself. Fierce warriors and skilled craftsmen, the Celts were famous throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World.

Von der Aufmachung her eignet es sich aber vielleicht auch als Coffee-Table-Book: It just turns out that despite surviving records, modern archeology and linguistics, we actually know comparatively little about these people who had such a huge impact on the ancient world and continue to influence culture and identity today.

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.

Detailed look at the archeological record with some attempt to link to the historical record. The print is small.

The Ancient Celts : Barry Cunliffe :

It also contains a vast sampling of black and white, and color photos, which depicts archeological finds, weaponry, aerial views of forts, maps of the regions from the time periods, statutes and other burial artifacts found in the Gaul and British regions. Not only does he make use of the early Roman historians such as Polybius and Bzrry, but he follows the re-writing of the early Roman histories as they were re-evaluated by Livy 59 BC — 17 ADand others such as Strabo, Diodorus Siculus, Athenaeus, and Julius Caesar.

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.

Let not the genre put you off, this book can be read by people with no other experience on archeology books. When dealing with this amount of information it’s rather helpful if cunluffe text isn’t additionally confusing by grammatical errors.


Nov 14, David H. I believe it will be an interesting read for those who want to learn more about the early Celtic history and culture.

The Ancient Celts

The Celts in Retreat The Reality of the Celts 3. This is a serious history of the Celts, examining the beginnings with the tribes of Europe, right through the eventual assimilation under the Romans and the final impact of the Germanic tribes. 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.

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. The intrigue designs show a developed human being, more so than the Roman Historians offer to their readers, depicting the Celtic peoples as those who were savage barbarians, and cared only to wage war and attack others.

Barry Cunliffe’s classic study of the ancient Celtic world was first published in Cunliffe’s book is a standard work of reference for years to come. In this erudite and engaging illustrated history, Professor Cunliffe explores the archaeological reality of these bold warriors and skilled craftsmen of barbarian Europe who inspired fear in the Greeks and Romans.

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Barbarians and Brothers Wayne E. Crafted in a gorgeous presentation, lavished cover and a beautiful edition, the performance of the subject was webbed on theories and insights rather than full scientific evidence. To ask other readers questions about The Ancient Celtsplease sign up.