Ancient Ireland: An Explorer's Guide

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Meagher (humanities, Hampshire College, Massachusetts) and Neave (Plainville Community Schools, Connecticut) look past the thatched roofs and clay pipes, past Patrick and the saints, past the Celts, to Ireland of the Neolithic, Bronze, and early Iron Ages. They suggest how to plan, execute, and appreciate a tour of the oldest surviving structures, then set out three itineraries each focusing on a particular time period. In addition to the usual information, advice, maps, and color photographs, they identify ...
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Overview

Meagher (humanities, Hampshire College, Massachusetts) and Neave (Plainville Community Schools, Connecticut) look past the thatched roofs and clay pipes, past Patrick and the saints, past the Celts, to Ireland of the Neolithic, Bronze, and early Iron Ages. They suggest how to plan, execute, and appreciate a tour of the oldest surviving structures, then set out three itineraries each focusing on a particular time period. In addition to the usual information, advice, maps, and color photographs, they identify activities for children. They do not provide an index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Meagher (The Meaning of Helen; The Essential Euripides) and Neave, both veteran contributors to Frommer's Ireland, discovered that very little in the travel literature had been written for those who want to see something of ancient Ireland, a vibrant place that very much resembled ancient Greece. They have quite nicely remedied this situation with their new work, dividing the early history of the island into three periods (prehistoric, Celtic, and Early Christian and medieval), the majority of whose sites and highlights will be unfamiliar to most travelers. With smart writing (" `Prehistoric' has to the average ear a misleading ring of the primitive, the savage, even the pre-human, whereas all it really means is pre-literate. Life without pencils is still life, and stories need not be written down to be remembered"), a historian's attention to detail, and page inserts about such heady topics as how to behave in a field full of cows (and maybe the odd bull), this explorer's guide offers a tantalizing taste of a bygone era. Unfortunately, the pictures are sometimes of poor quality and don't always effectively complement the text. Still, this isn't a coffee-table book, and the photographs serve their main function: making sure readers have found the right place. Recommended for public libraries.-Travis McDade, Ohio State Univ., Columbus Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566565264
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Art for Travellers Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,318,674
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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