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The Ancient Celts [Format Kindle]

Barry Cunliffe

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Fierce warriors and skilled craftsmen, the Celts were famous throughout the ancient Mediterranean world, the archetypal barbarians from the north, feared by both Greeks and Romans. And though this ancient thousand-year-old civilization was crushed by the military campaigns of Julius Caesar, the Celts remain an object of fascination to this day. Now, in The Ancient Celts, Barry Cunliffe, one of the world's leading authorities on European prehistory, explores the true nature of the Celtic identity and presents the first thorough and up-to-date account of a people whose origins still provoke heated debate.
Drawing on a wealth of recent archaeological findings, Cunliffe reveals how this loose band of nomads evolved from migratory barbarians into adroit traders and artists, inhabiting virtually every corner of Europe north of the Po. Beginning in the Hungarian plains of 1300 B.C., where the first hints of Celtic culture can be traced, the book shows how this fierce people slowly grew into one of Europe's most feared powers, constantly raiding and threatening the empires of both Greece and the Rome. Cunliffe demonstrates how the unprecedented Celtic diaspora gave way to the development of a number of mature, urban societies scattered throughout the continent. The book pays ample tribute to Celtic economic prowess, revealing how the civilization shrewdly took advantage of Europes tin, cooper, and gold resources to become both a respected trading partner with Rome and a nation of skilled artisans who forged some of the greatest weaponry of pre-antiquity. The book also describes the Celtss pantheistic religious traditions, with detailed accounts of weapon burials, human sacrifices, and the meditative powers of the Druids, and it concludes with a look at the influences of the Celtic mystique on the modern world, revealing how the concept of the Celt has been used many times by nations in search for an identity.
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. A fascinating history blending insightful narrative with vivid detail, and boasting over 200 illustrations--including 24 color plates--and 30 maps, The Ancient Celts is an indispensable guide to this age-old, intriguing culture.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 360 pages
  • Editeur : Oxford University Press; Édition : 1st (25 septembre 1997)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B001KW0070
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best book on the subject in the last decade 6 octobre 1998
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Cunliffe finds a solid ground between Iron Age archaeologists (many of whom are questioning the validity of the whole idea of a "Celtic" culture) and linguists and literary scholars (who can't help but see connections beyond the scope of coincidence between medieval, Insular texts and Iron Age, continental material remains). He both shows the complexity of the European Iron Age cultures and advances convincing hypotheses for similarity *and* variation among them, over space and over time. Anyone who is interested in the reality of the Celtic world should read this book.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Good Read In Spots, But Badly In Need Of An Update 21 juillet 2013
Par Larry Cosgrove - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When reading this book, you have to separate the proverbial bad from the good. Cunliffe gives only minimal information concerning the evolution of the Celtic languages. And absolutely nothing about recent genetic findings which totally disprove the idea that what is now Irish, Scottish, and Welsh originated in central Europe (think Iberian Peninsula, and that goes for most native England residents as well). Still, this is a good resource for the anthroplogy and archaeology buffs, with a great background on the La Tene culture and the impacts of Romanization on western Europe and its tribes. I was a bit disappointed with the introductory chapters, which deal with the "image" of the Celts in the eyes of observers past and present. Frankly, I would rather have had more information on any impacts this civilzation had on the remote fringes of the "Keltoi" wanderings and placement in the Indo-European language tree.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very well done 22 août 2011
Par R. Tim Stephens - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful overview of the Celts from their earliest written history to Romanization or Christianization. Controversial and speculative issues seem to be presented from the most accepted sides, and Cunliffe clearly identifies his own opinions. I would recommend this to anyone interested in ancient, European or Celtic history, but not as an introductory text.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A nice book on early Celtic history 1 mai 2013
Par Wearloga - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I like the way this book is written. We used it in a course on early continental Celtic languages, as it provides the cultural background, based, mostly, on archaeological finds.
A few of my classmates, however, thought that the way the chapters are ordered was a bit haphazardly. I have to agree that the author does skip back and forth through the chronology of what is written, but that didn't bother me at all.

I would recommend this book to any one who'd like to get to know more about the early Celtic culture, how that culture came to be and how it was swallowed up by the Roman Empire.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Comprehensive 27 décembre 2014
Par JJF - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Dry but overall good source book for Celtic history. I do not agree with certain suggestions and conclusions by the author, but none the less this is a fine book on an amazing peoples
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