But I was lucky enough to see Barry Cunliffe speak about the Ancient Celts at the Oxford Literature Festival earlier this year and then to have. The Ancient Celts has ratings and 33 reviews. Jane said: Text is dry and dense on the whole, with the thrust on archaeological finds. Some history an. And though this ancient thousand-year-old civilization was crushed by the military Now, in The Ancient Celts, Barry Cunliffe, one of the world’s leading.

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Fierce warriors and skilled craftsmen, the Celts were famous throughout the ancient Mediterranean world, the archetypal barbarians from the north, feared by both Greeks and Romans. Since this book precedes his later discovery, he is still convinced cepts it arose in the Le Tene area of southern Germany. The language is dry and it’s difficult to find concrete information with misleading titles of each section.

The Ancient Celts : Barry Cunliffe :

Now, in The Ancient Celts, Barry Cunliffe, one of the world’s leading authorities on European prehistory, explores the true nature of the Celtic identity and presents the first thorough and up-to-date account of a people whose origins still provoke heated debate.

Fierce warriors and skilled craftsmen, the Celts were famous throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World. Noteworthy for conveying just why the Romans saw fit to conquer them.

The Index was reasonably complete. It reflects a Celtic epic. Exploring the archaeological reality of the Iron Age inhabitants of barbarian Europe, Professor Cunliffe traces the emergence of chiefdoms,patterns of expansion and celhs, and the development of Celtic ethnicity and identity. Specific books on the Irish Celts anicent the British Celts and so on would probably have been better.

A meaningful summary of the archaeological and classical evidence concerning the history of the Celts, including the dawn, prime and twilight of their civilization.


Nov 14, David H. One of the best manuals ever when it comes to Celtic History.

There is just about everything concerning Celts. A long section discussed Celtic art: Personally I think that in terms of writng style this is one of the best archeology book I have ever read. These visuals help the reader to understand the Celts as an artistic and compassionate individual, as much of the artifacts originate from the burial plots excavated. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The Ancient Celts

It is well written and thought provoking. Unfortunately, I felt as if I did not gain anything from reading this. Lists with This Book.

I think however, that in order for him to answer these questions he would have needed volumes. Book ratings by Goodreads. I was hoping that cjnliffe book would fill in gaps about one of the most prominent cultures during Europe’s early history.

Whether this spread to the Atlantic zone was due to migration or by the assimilation of the Celtic culture and language proposed to be the lingua franca by the native peoples due to the extensive trade of metals is left an open question. Sep 29, Maya rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Arts of the Migration Period Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The Ancient Celts by Barry W. Cunliffe

Nov 08, Suzanne rated it it was ok. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Willing human sacrifice to propitiate the gods was mentioned: Sep 07, Nighteye rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The author was trying to give a picture of who the Ancient Celts were and in doing so he used three main tools.

Tne September 2nd by Penguin first published September 4th He doesn’t seem to make any of his own hypotheses about the origin of the ancient Celts nor about their daily lives, beliefs, or behavior, which he’s qualified to do, and which I’d love to hear.


Simon James Limited preview – Sep 13, Susan K. Constructing the Historical Celts 3. The Ancient Celts Second Edition Barry Cunliffe The classic work on the Ancient Celts, fully updated with the most recent ancinet and insights A fresh new design, highly illustrated in color, including images of the best works of Celtic art Introduces the potential importance of work now crlts on the study of ancient DNA in studying Celtic origins New to this Edition: From inside the book.

Iberia and the Celtiberians 8. The author is an archeologist first and foremost and as such he includes a lot of that in the book, however he makes the effort to include other views also.

Warfare and Society He investigates the texts of the classical writers and contrasts their view of the Celts with current archaeological findings.

On the whole, the book was informative and thought-provoking, but it might not be for those that are not interested in a scholar’s look into the subject as it can be at times a bit dry.

The Reality of the Celts 3. Cunlffe book is a standard work of reference for years to come. Druids, sacred springs and wells, triplism [‘in threes’], an important concept to the Celts: Britain Begins Barry Cunliffe. I had not realized that Celtic culture was as wide-spread as this book indicates.

He gave us xelts broad sense of who the Celts were, where they have been ucnliffe where they ended up.