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Druids

ISBN-10: 0199539405
ISBN-13: 9780199539406
Edition: 2010
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Description: Who were the Druids? What do we know about them? Do they still exist today? The Druids first came into focus in Western Europe - Gaul, Britain, and Ireland - in the second century BC. They are a popular subject; they have been known and discussed  More...

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Book details

List price: $7.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 5/27/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Who were the Druids? What do we know about them? Do they still exist today? The Druids first came into focus in Western Europe - Gaul, Britain, and Ireland - in the second century BC. They are a popular subject; they have been known and discussed for over 2,000 years and few figures flit so elusively through history. They are enigmatic and puzzling, partly because of the lack of knowledge about them has resulted in a wide spectrum of interpretations. Barry Cunliffe takes the reader through the evidence relating to the Druids, trying to decide what can be said and what can't be said about them. He examines why the nature of the druid caste changed quite dramatically over time, and how successive generations have interpreted the phenomenon in very different ways.

Barry Cunliffe, a professor of European archaeology at the University of Oxford, is the author of several books on the Romans and on Celtic and Iron Age Europe. He lives in Oxford, England.

The Druids in time and space
The European theatre
The archaeology of religious practice at the time of the Druids
Enter the Druids: the first contacts
Altars steeped in human blood
Twilight in the far west
Renaissance and rediscovery
Romanticism and the rise of nationalism
Neo-druids and the neo-pagans
So, who were the Druids?
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