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The ancient Celts / Barry Cunliffe

By: Cunliffe, Barry.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford Oxford University Press 1997Description: 324 s. ill.ISBN: 9780198150107; 0-19-815010-5.Subject(s): Keltisk arkeologi | Arkeologi | Kelterna | HistoriaOther classification: Jak | K | Kak
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Fierce warriors and skilled craftsmen, the Celts were famous throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World. They were the archetypal barbarians from the north and were feared by both Greeks and Romans. Napoleon III spent much time and money searching for the ancestral Gauls, and the concept ofthe Celt has been used many times by the nations fringing the Atlantic in their search for identity.In this new fascinating volume Barry Cunliffe 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. Examining the archaeological reality of the Iron Age inhabitants of barbarian Europe, he tracesthe emergence of chiefdoms, patterns of expansion and migration, and the development of a mature urbanized society, thus assessing the disparity between the traditional vision of the Celts and the archaeological evidence. Through his consideration of cultural diversity, social and religious systems,art, language, law, and oral traditions, Cunliffe is able to draw a distinction between societies which conform to an ethnic `Celtic' model and those subjected to `Celtization', and tease out a fascinating new picture of the identity of the Celts.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Colour Plates (p. ix)
  • List of Maps (p. xi)
  • 1. Visions of the Celts (p. 1)
  • 2. The Reality of the Celts (p. 20)
  • 3. Barbarian Europe and the Mediterranean: 1300-400 BC (p. 39)
  • 4. The Migrations: 400-200 BC (p. 68)
  • 5. Warfare and Society (p. 91)
  • 6. The Arts of the Migration Period (p. 111)
  • 7. Iberia and the Celtiberians (p. 133)
  • 8. The Communities of the Atlantic Facade (p. 145)
  • 9. The Communities of the Eastern Fringes (p. 168)
  • 10. Religious Systems (p. 183)
  • 11. The Developed Celtic World (p. 211)
  • 12. The Celts in Retreat (p. 235)
  • 13. Celtic Survival (p. 258)
  • 14. Retrospect (p. 268)
  • A Guide to Further Reading (p. 275)
  • Chronological Tables (p. 285)
  • Map Section (p. 289)
  • Illustration Sources (p. 315)
  • Index (p. 317)