Celts: The History and Legacy of One of the Oldest Cultures by Martin J Dougherty

By Martin J Dougherty

“They bring to a halt the heads of enemies slain in conflict and connect them to the necks in their horses... They embalm the heads... [and]... exhibit them with satisfaction to strangers.” – Diodorus Siculus

Before the Vikings, prior to the Anglo-Saxons, prior to the Roman Empire, the Celts ruled imperative and western Europe. at the present time we would reflect on the Celts simply inhabiting elements of the a long way west of Europe – eire, nice Britain, France and Spain – yet those have been the extremities within which their tradition lasted longest. in truth, they'd originated in crucial Europe and settled as a long way afield as modern-day Turkey, Poland and Italy.

From their emergence as an Iron Age humans round 800 BC to the early centuries advert, Celts finds the reality at the back of the tales of bare warriors, ritual beheadings, druids, magic and accusations of human sacrifice. The publication examines different tribes, the Hallstatt and los angeles Tène classes, in addition to Celtic survival in western Europe, the Gallic Wars, army existence, non secular lifestyles, slavery, sexuality and Celtic art.

Currently the focal point of an enormous exhibition on the British Museum in London, the Celts are ripe for rediscovery. Illustrated with greater than a hundred and eighty color and black-and-white pictures, maps and artistic endeavors, Celts is an expertly written account of a those that have lengthy captured the preferred imagination.

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