Historical Atlas of the Celtic World

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The remarkable Celtic culture once encompassed most of western Europe; even after centuries of invasion and conquest it flourished in remote corners of the continent. This book is a beautifully illustrated survey of Celtic society, its history and belief, from its origins to the present day. Historical Atlas of the Celtic World traces the development of Celtic religion and mythology, and describes the flowering of their unique metalwork, sculpture, and illumination. The book draws on this superb legacy and ...
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The remarkable Celtic culture once encompassed most of western Europe; even after centuries of invasion and conquest it flourished in remote corners of the continent. This book is a beautifully illustrated survey of Celtic society, its history and belief, from its origins to the present day. Historical Atlas of the Celtic World traces the development of Celtic religion and mythology, and describes the flowering of their unique metalwork, sculpture, and illumination. The book draws on this superb legacy and interweaves it with a scholarly examination of Celtic culture, landscape, and history, ending in the Celtic revival of the past century.

Millions claim a Celtic ancestry and are fascinated by the unique culture of their predecessors. This exquisitely illustrated book provides an expertly crafted view into the Celtic past, while emphasising the relevance of Celtic culture and identity today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816047611
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: Historical Atlas Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 11.98 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

ANGUS KONSTAM has written over a dozen books on piracy, shipwrecks, and exploration for the Atlas series. He has made a lifelong study of maritime history and archaeology, and the history of early European development. He is a museum professional with experience in both Britain and the United States, and holds degrees in history and archaeology.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 Celtic Origins 8
Neolithic Europe 10
Bronze Age Europe 12
The Proto-Celts 14
Hallstatt Culture 16
The Celtic Identity 18
La Tene Culture 20
The Archaeological Evidence 22
Chapter 2 The Celtic Peoples of Europe 24
The Gauls 26
Gallic Unity 28
The Bretons 30
The Iberian Celts 32
The Galatians 34
The Italian Celts 36
Chapter 3 Early Celtic Art 38
The Origins of Celtic Art 40
The Hallstatt Period 42
The Gundestrup Cauldron 44
Art of the Early La Tene 46
The Evolution of La Tene 48
Chapter 4 Celtic Belief 50
The Celtic Calendar 52
Death and the Afterlife 54
Sacrifice 56
The Bog People 58
Sacred Landscape 60
Sacred Waters 62
Gods and Divinities 64
A Multi-Faceted Religion 66
Chapter 5 The Celts of the British Isles 68
The Southern Britons 70
The Irish 72
The Caledonians and Picts 74
The Scots 76
The Welsh 78
The Cornish 80
Chapter 6 The Roman Conquests 82
The Cimbri Migration 84
Caesar's Conquest of Gaul 86
Alesia: The Final Battle 88
Conquest of Britain 90
Boudicca's Revolt 92
The Romans in Scotland 94
Chapter 7 The Druids 96
Power of the Druids 98
Witchcraft and Sorcery 100
Prophecy and Divination 102
Women and the Priesthood 104
Druids in Celtic Myth 106
Chapter 8 The Celtic Warrior 108
Cult of the Warrior Hero 110
Celtic Warfare of La Tene 112
Celtic Arms and Armor 114
Dressed to Kill 116
Late Celtic Warfare 118
Chapter 9 Celts and Anglo-Saxons 120
End of Roman Order 122
The Sub-Roman Celts 124
The Anglo-Saxons 126
The Saxon Conquests 128
Arthur of the Britons 130
The Celtic Twilight 132
Chapter 10 The Renaissance of Celtic Art 134
A Celtic Artistic Rebirth 136
Irish Celtic Metalwork 138
The Celtic Hoards 140
Metalworking Techniques 142
Decoration of Metalwork 144
The Influence of Christianity 146
Stone Crosses 148
The Pictish Symbol Stones 150
Chapter 11 Celts and Christianity 152
The Early Celtic Church 154
Monasticism 156
Conversion 158
Illuminated Manuscripts 160
The Book of Kells 162
Iona versus Rome 164
Chapter 12 Celtic Mythology 166
Gods and Origins 168
Life and Afterlife 170
Early Irish Literature 172
Early Irish Narratives 174
The Arthurian Legend 176
Chapter 13 The Celtic Legacy 178
Post-Celtic Art 180
The Celtic Revival 182
The Celtic Fringe 184
Celtic Consciousness 186
Museums & Further Reading 188
Late Celtic Timelines 189
Index 191
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2002

    Brilliant!

    Absolutely wonderful for anyone interested in history, or Celtic culture. The text and pictures work effectively to give an in depth history of Celtic peoples, from 6,000 BC to today. Though the cover may remind some of the Eyewitness books (a wonderful children's educational series) this book goes in depth into every aspect of the Celtic world. Do not let the name Atlas through you off. Atlas refers to fact that this book emphasizes the location as well as the time periods of various Celtic cultures.

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