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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Exploring the archaeological reality of the Iron Age inhabitants of barbarian Europe, Professor Cunliffe traces the emergence of chiefdoms,patterns of expansion and migration, and the development of Celtic ethnicity and identity.
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Lists with This Book. Oct 25, Jane rated it really liked it Shelves: Text is dry and dense on the whole, with the thrust on archaeological finds. Some history and the ancient writers have been discussed. There were absolutely gorgeous color plates and fascinating woodcuts and drawings! What I gleaned is from the text explaining the illustrations. This book has been very informative.
I found the final section of each chapter usually summarized the chapter. At the Celts’ farthest extent, in the 3 Text is dry and dense on the whole, with the thrust on archaeological finds. The name ‘Pritani’ for the people of Britain was coined by a traveller to that land looking for tin in the 4th century BC, Pytheas of Massalia. A long cunlife discussed Celtic art: The Gunderstrup cauldron found in Jutland is a good example: Vunliffe now know anckent a carnyx looked like.
Significance of the torc was religious–protection of the gods. The book also discussed oppidawhich were nucleated settlements, Celtic social oranization.
There was a large section on the Roman Invasion, also history of the Roman period with Rome’s absorption of acnient influence on the Celts. It reflects a Celtic epic. Druids, sacred springs and wells, triplism [‘in threes’], an important concept to the Celts: Willing human sacrifice to propitiate the gods was mentioned: Also, the circle was important.
We can see this in the shapes of sacred groves and in the circles of standing stones [stelae]. We don’t really know their purpose but archaeologists feel they served a religious purpose or were some kind of boundary marker. These stone circles have been found in France, too.
The Ancient Celts
There was an interesting section on how Celtic language developed. Worth a mention are the annotated bibliogaphy in the ‘Guide to Further Reading’, the timeline, and the maps section. The Index was reasonably complete. Highly recommended for lovers of Celtic history and culture. Sep 30, Constance Wallace rated it really liked it. Using archeology and the burial rites of the Celtic tribes, he takes the reader from the early phase of migration of around BC through the Middle Ages.
By following the burial patterns of the elite of the tribal aristocracy as the Celtics make their way from Asia Minor to the far tips of the British Isles, Cunliffe asserts most of the migrations most likely took place to gather new sources of wealth and land.
The book is a very understandable, as the author couples Roman historical text and archeological fact, addressing the takeover of the regions above the Etruscans, and the intermingling of the Celtic tribes with those of the Roman populace.
In conjunction to what other scholars have written about the Celtic movements in Europe, the author notes that the various tribes, which existed after the migration from Asia Minor, were in assimilation with the Roman people, but added that it was only after the Celtic tribes saw the wealth of the coast, did they begin to raid on a regular basis to supply their economic necessity.
Not only does he make use of the early Roman historians such as Polybius and Poseidonius, 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.
While the author states that much of the history of the Celtic tribes written by these Roman Historians brary 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. The book itself is a wealth of primary resources of the Roman Historians, as the author inserts many of the original texts into the body of his chapters.
It also contains a vast sampling xunliffe black and qncient, 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.
These visuals help the reader to understand the Celts as an artistic and compassionate individual, as much of the artifacts originate from the burial plots excavated. 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 bardy wage war and attack others.
As the author states: Sep 29, Maya rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author is an archeologist first and foremost and as such he includes a lot of that in the book, however he makes the effort to include other views also. The author was trying to give a picture of who the Ancient Celts were and in doing so he used three main tools. The first tool was how other people viewed the Celts and through what glasses. He gave us views that ranged from the classical writers to the historian of today.
He also gave us a glimpse of why these people may have viewed the Ce The author is an archeologist first and foremost and as such he includes a lot of that in the book, however he makes the effort to include other views also. He also gave us a glimpse of why these people may have viewed the Celts the way they did. The second tool was the available archeological finds.
Even these finds depended on who was interpreting them amcient how they saw these finds fitting in with their ideas and theories.
The third tool is the linguistic and vernacular records. The linguistic evidence is very controversial and at times still untranslated, while the tge records has the hand of the Christian monks to muddy the waters a little or a lot. 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 anccient goal he set out for himself. He gave us a broad sense of who the Celts were, where they have been and where they ended up.
He was also able to tell us of the influences that were exerted on them and shaped them. He did also leave me with a lot of questions and details that I would have liked to have known.
I think however, that in order for him to answer these questions he would have needed volumes. I think that for cunlffe more detailed picture of the Celts you would have to study the individual areas that they lived and the influences exerted on them there. Specific books on the Irish Celts and the British Celts and so on would probably have been better. Even with these parameters you would have needed detailed volumes on language, mythology, the cultures that they came in contact with, how these cultures saw the Celts and archeology to give a more through picture.
Sep 07, Nighteye rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This was for me the main course book, the or version, at the course “Celtic History and Culture” as Uppsala university in Sweden.
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The languish is a bit complicated and academic and it shows that ancent an archaeologist because he goes much on the archaeological finds but doesn’t disregard the written sources available from the Romans and then Greeks but blend them in culiffe what’s This was for me the main course book, the or version, at the course “Celtic History and Culture” as Uppsala university in Sweden.
The languish is a bit complicated and academic and it shows that he an archaeologist because he goes much on the archaeological finds but doesn’t disregard the written sources available from the Romans and then Greeks but blend them in confirming what’s found in the ground. In that way he does it fantastic creating a as whole picture as we can get by the Celts, a really good book and the most complete bxrry you can find about the Celts and how the people around them affected them!
I’ve read chapters 3 Barbarian Europe and the Mediterranean: In that way he gives us as readers the whole picture of the time which is a big advance to understand what is happening in the Celtic areas. 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 hhe groves and springs in the religious section.
This huge books best feature is it is full of pics of Celtic artifacts, maps, and illustrations. He concentrates on the Celts of the European continent and not so much on what went on with them in the British Isles.
He bases most of this on archaeological evidence. Not that I don’t think that those sources had their biases and flaws but I think Cunliffe over does it at times with trying to discredit written accounts of the Celts. The biggest flaw this book has is, in spite of the interesting sub This huge books best feature is it is full of pics of Celtic artifacts, maps, and illustrations.
The biggest flaw this book has is, in spite of the interesting subject, the writing is very dry at times. That said its still something you probably would want to have on your shelf if you are interested in the Celts.
Oct 23, Celtz McCracken rated it liked it. Cunliffe didn’t leave me feeling like I was drowning in my research! Nov 08, Suzanne rated it it was ok. Although this book has a gorgeous cover and the author is an Oxford professor and expert on ancient Celts, I found his writing style extremely dry.
Before reading this I read “A Brief History of The Celts” by Peter Berresford Ellis, which gave me most of the same information but in a very much more interesting and lively way.
Probably the most useful for me part of Barry Cunliffe’s book are the aerial photographs of hill forts, and the maps of Celtic migrations.
He doesn’t seem to make any of Although this book has a gorgeous cover and the author is an Oxford professor and expert on ancient Celts, I found his writing style extremely dry. He doesn’t seem to make any of his own hypotheses about the origin of the ancient Anccient nor about their daily lives, beliefs, or behavior, which he’s qualified to do, and which I’d love to hear.
Von der Aufmachung her eignet es sich aber vielleicht auch als Coffee-Table-Book: A book which gives you lots of detailed information about the subject. Still I skipped some pages, mostly those with archaeological descriptions. Sep 29, Richard Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: