World of the Celts

ISBN-10: 0500279985

ISBN-13: 9780500279984

Edition: 2005

Authors: Simon James

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Warlike, flamboyant, courageous--the ancient Celts had a fearsome reputation. For five hundred years they dominated the lands north of the Alps, before being largely absorbed into the Roman Empire. But Celtic culture survived and achieved a glorious flowering in the post-Roman, early Christian era. Today Celtic influence can be found in arts and crafts, in legends, in place names, and even in languages. In this generously illustrated introduction to the world of the Celts, Simon James charts their way of life from farming to feasting, their wars, their gods, and their superb craftsmanship in metal, wood, and stone. He covers the neglected subject of Celtic life under Roman rule, particularly in Gaul and Britain, and the continuing traditions in Ireland after AD 400, when a Celtic renaissance gave birth to heroic tales, masterpieces of enameled metalwork, and renowned illuminated manuscripts.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 10/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.496

Who Were the Celts?
The Celts in Myth and Reality
An Outline History of the Celts
Discovering the Celts: Hallstatt and La Tene
Timeline - Map of the Celtic World
The Earliest Celts
The Hallstatt Culture: Hillforts and Barrows
The Hochdorf Chieftain
Centres of Power: The Heuneburg
Upheaval and Migration, 500-400 BC
The Celtic Lands
Gauls in Italy
The Alps, South Germany and Bohemia
The Danube Lands and the Attack on Greece
The Galatians in Asia
Spain and Portugal: The Celtiberians
Gaul, 400-100 BC
Iron Age Britain
Early Ireland, 600-1 BC
The Patterns of Life
The Shape of Society
Celtic Husbandry
Farms and Villages
Hillforts, Brochs and Major Settlements
People, Population and Disease
Celtic Men
Celtic Women
Feasting and Fighting: How Society Functioned
The Celts at War
The Spectrum of Violence
The Technology of War: Weapons and Armour
Chariots and Cavalry
The Celts on Campaign
War with the Greeks and Romans
The Battle of Telamon, 225 BC
Gods and the Afterlife
The Celtic Gods
Druids, Priests and Seers
Holy Places and Sacrifice
Lindow Man: Dead Men Do Tell Tales
The Testimony of the Grave
The Cemeteries of East Yorkshire
Celtic Cremation Rites
La Tene Art and Technology
The Origins of La Tene Art
Celtic Art Styles
Technologies of Fire: Metal, Glass and Pottery
Crafts: Working in Wood
What Was La Tene Art for?
The Celts and the Classical World
The Changing World of Late Iron Age Gaul
Roman Conquest: Italy, Iberia and Galatia
Julius Caesar and the Conquest of Gaul
The Revolt of Vercingetorix
Britain from Caesar to Hadrian
Why not Scotland or Ireland?
The Romanization of Gaul and Britain
Boudica's Revolt
Gauls in Togas
Romano-Celtic Religion in Britain and Gaul
The Countryside: Continuity, Change and Conflict
Civil War and Crisis in the Empire
The Golden Age of Roman Britain
The Fall of Roman Gaul and Britain
The Celts of Ireland
Ireland in the Roman Iron Age, AD 1-400
Forts, Farms and Royal Residences
Myths and Legends of Ireland
From St Patrick to the Vikings
The Celtic Renaissance
The Welsh and the English
King Arthur: Fact and Fiction
The Picts and the Scots
Scholars and Saints, Missionaries and Manuscripts
To Modern Times
Celts in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
To the Ends of the Earth: The New Migrations
The Celts Today
Further Reading
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