Celts

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Overview


Savage and bloodthirsty, or civilized and peaceable? The Celts have long been a subject of enormous fascination, speculation, and misunderstanding. From the ancient Romans to the present day, their real nature has been obscured by a tangled web of preconceived ideas and stereotypes.

Barry Cunliffe seeks to reveal this fascinating people for the first time, using an impressive range of evidence, and exploring subjects such as trade, migration, and the evolution of Celtic traditions. Along the way, he exposes the way in which society's needs have shaped our visions of the Celts, and examines such colorful characters as St. Patrick, Cu Chulainn, and Boudica.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192804181
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 704,202
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Cunliffe is Professor of European Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University, and a Trustee of the British Museum.

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Table of Contents

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1 All things to all men 1
2 A view from the Mediterranean 8
3 A little prehistory: the Atlantic longue duree 18
4 A little more prehistory: the elites and middle Europe 27
5 Peoples on the move 37
6 Talking to each other 47
7 Telling stories 56
8 Sharing values 65
9 Gauls and Romans 75
10 Britons and Romans 84
11 Interlude: the story so far 92
12 Threads of continuity: the Celtic twilight 99
13 Reinventing the Celts 111
14 Striving for identity 122
15 Every night a fest noz: the new Celtomania 133
16 So, who were the Celts? 139
Further reading 147
Index 151
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