The Ancient Celts

The Ancient Celts

Book - 1997
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1997.
ISBN: 9780198150107
Characteristics: 324 p. : ill.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
neir Aug 20, 2014

Central, comment

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top