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The Ancient Celts par [Cunliffe, Barry]
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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.

Biographie de l'auteur

Barry Cunliffe is Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 360 pages
  • Editeur : Oxford University Press; Édition : 1st (25 septembre 1997)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The best book in its class 25 décembre 2009
Par Christopher R. Travers - Publié sur
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I was greatly impressed by this book. The author offers a reasonably detailed overview of archaeology associated with Celtic cultures. While some conclusions seem problematic, and while one should not see a single author work as authritative, this is an extremely good book.

The author here addresses not only contexts of Celtic archaeological finds but questions about what the relationship between various Celtic cultures and the Classical world was. The approach in this area is well thought out, extensively detailed, and clearly communicated.

On the negative side, the author really would have done better to discuss the difficulties in connecting material to linguistic culture. "Pots aren't people" as one group can immitate the physical crafts of another without changing language. This is well known when looking at Native American archaeology and it is a problem that any book trying to address a linguistic group through archaeology needs to take seriously. While there is general agreement that the La Tene and Hallstatt cultures were probably synonymous with Celtic language groups, this is not entirely beyond question. This becomes more serious when looking at the spread of the Catacomb Culture and whether this indicated a migration or simply a spread of a new burial style across pre-existing ethnic and linguistic groups. A reader wthout any archaeoogical background may not appreciate these issues and the simple flag on the author's part that the interpretation is disputed may be insufficient.

On the whole, I think that despite the issues in mapping linguistic to material culture, this is a book that every student of Celtic studies and such should read. Highly recommended.
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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
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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.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Ancient Celts 1 février 2016
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Being a history buff, I can't get enough books about different cultures and regions of the world. Presently there is
an informal debate within UK as to whether Britain was civilized only after the arrival of the Romans. Here, this
book about the Celts--a pan European people who shared customs and trade--gives the reader a better idea
that Britain wasn't just civilized after the Romans came. While Celts were also warlike, they made beautiful
items and had their own culture, customs and agriculture.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A nice book on early Celtic history 1 mai 2013
Par Wearloga - Publié sur
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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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun history book 1 août 2014
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illuminating for someone who didn't know anything about the Celts.
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