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Exploring the World of the Celts (original 1993; edition 1993)

by Simon James (Author)

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Warlike, flamboyant, courageous--the ancient Celts had a fearsome reputation. For five hundred years they dominated the lands north of the Alps, before being largely absorbed into the Roman Empire. But Celtic culture survived and achieved a glorious flowering in the post-Roman, early Christian era. Today Celtic influence can be found in arts and crafts, in legends, in place names, and even in languages.In this generously illustrated introduction to the world of the Celts, Simon James charts their way of life from farming to feasting, their wars, their gods, and their superb craftsmanship in metal, wood, and stone. He covers the neglected subject of Celtic life under Roman rule, particularly in Gaul and Britain, and the continuing traditions in Ireland after AD 400, when a Celtic renaissance gave birth to heroic tales, masterpieces of enameled metalwork, and renowned illuminated manuscripts.… (more)
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I bought this book back in 2009, I believe, when I was on a holiday in Dublin. One of the visited places was Trinity College, and in its shop I saw this book. Since I was, at the time, very much interested in The Vikings, the purchase was logical. Still... 4 years to read a book?

Simon James managed to create a very interesting introduction (with drawings and pictures/photos to accompany/complement the written word, including quotes from Roman writers/philosophers/emperors) to the world of the Celts. Who they were, how they spread over Europe and a little into Asia, how they lived, fought... What their beliefs were, how they treated their dead. What art they made, and how that art had various styles, spread over Europe.

Of course, a lot is also written about the Roman conquest, the influence, how rich Celts mainly created the myth that all adopted the Roman style of building and art. How Celtic tribes fought the Romans or joined them in return for Roman citizenship and goodies.

A few words are written about the Picts, about the era after the Roman invasion, and how Ireland and the rest evolved. Finally, in more modern times Celts (and Irish) also migrated, be that to the USA, Canada, Australia, ...

Everything in this books is nicely divided into chapters, that make it clear what aspect of these people is being discussed. This also means you don't have to read the book from front to back, but can pick any chapter as you see fit.

At the back you'll find a glossary, explaining all the applied terms. There's also an extensive list of where to find museums that display Celtic art or archaeological discoveries. And last but not least, Simon James added a Reading list, according to the chapters in the book, of which other books you can consult on the respective themes, in case you wish to explore it a little deeper. ( )
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Warlike, flamboyant, courageous--the ancient Celts had a fearsome reputation. For five hundred years they dominated the lands north of the Alps, before being largely absorbed into the Roman Empire. But Celtic culture survived and achieved a glorious flowering in the post-Roman, early Christian era. Today Celtic influence can be found in arts and crafts, in legends, in place names, and even in languages.In this generously illustrated introduction to the world of the Celts, Simon James charts their way of life from farming to feasting, their wars, their gods, and their superb craftsmanship in metal, wood, and stone. He covers the neglected subject of Celtic life under Roman rule, particularly in Gaul and Britain, and the continuing traditions in Ireland after AD 400, when a Celtic renaissance gave birth to heroic tales, masterpieces of enameled metalwork, and renowned illuminated manuscripts.

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