Exploring the World of the Celts

Exploring the World of the Celts

SimonJames / Feb 23, 2020

Exploring the World of the Celts The whole race madly fond of war high spirited and quick to battled on whatever pretext you stir them up you will have them ready to face danger even if they have nothing on their own side but thei

  • Title: Exploring the World of the Celts
  • Author: SimonJames
  • ISBN: 9780500050675
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The whole race madly fond of war, high spirited and quick to battled on whatever pretext you stir them up, you will have them ready to face danger, even if they have nothing on their own side but their own strength and courage Strabo, first century BC Warlike, flamboyant, courageous the ancient Celts had a fearsome reputation, even among the bellicose Roma The whole race madly fond of war, high spirited and quick to battled on whatever pretext you stir them up, you will have them ready to face danger, even if they have nothing on their own side but their own strength and courage Strabo, first century BC Warlike, flamboyant, courageous the ancient Celts had a fearsome reputation, even among the bellicose Romans For 500 years they dominated the barbarian 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 everywhere, in arts and crafts, in legends, in placenames and even in the languages we speak In this new introduction to the world of the Celts, Simon James looks at all aspects of their history Individual sections chart their rise, their way of life from farming to feasting, their wars, their gods, and their superb craftsmanship Also highlighted are the hitherto neglected subject of Celtic life under Roman rule and persistent traditions that led to the Celtic renaissance in Ireland after AD 400 Original features include the latest discoveries extracts from classical authors illustrated retellings of the most famous myths and legends tables of comparative information diagrams, maps and site plans The Celts once held sway over much of Europe, from Caledonia to Asia Minor Here is the whole story of this immensely inventive and influential people.

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    877 Comments

    1. The information is quick hit, so if you're looking for in depth history of the Celts, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a quick read hitting all the high points of Celtic history with great pictures and illustrations, then this is the book for you!


    2. Very interesting history that is not often talked about. We think of Celtic people in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and perhaps Cornwall. Their civilization was remarkable and extended all the way into Asia Minor.


    3. The writing is dry (typical of most research books), but the vast information The World of the Celts contains takes the pain from reading and taught me several things I didn't already know. Book comes complete with terrific illustrations and art.



    4. This is a review I originally wrote for Epinions. However, Epinions no longer accepts reviews, so I am sharing this with the community. Everyone knows about the Greeks and the Romans. However, one group from classical times that often gets lost, due to their lack of writing, were the Celts. Before the Roman Empire was an empire, the Celts occupied much of what is now France, England, Ireland, even Spain and Germany. They gave us rich mythology (faeries, elves, earth religions) and art, and were [...]


    5. I bought this book back in 2009, I believe, when I was on a holiday in Dublin. One of the visited places was Trinity College, and in its shop I saw this book. Since I was, at the time, very much interested in The Vikings, the purchase was logical. Still 4 years to read a book? Simon James managed to create a very interesting introduction (with drawings and pictures/photos to accompany/complement the written word, including quotes from Roman writers/philosophers/emperors) to the world of the Celt [...]


    6. Well, first of all, this is a textbook. You probably should have known that from the get-go, and a closer look would have probably made that clear to me, too, but, here we are. I read it cover to cover anyway, but had to take it much slower than a regular book of similar length. It's a good book! Pretty heavy on the facts and light on the conjecture. Very little information is presented without being preceded with the archaeological or linguistic evidence supporting it. I can respect this, but f [...]


    7. As a person who writes history for a living, I am loving Simon James' book. He captures the right balance between detail and story telling. The photos and drawings are illustrative more so than the usual pictures that inhabit the tomes of history. For anyone who is looking for a readable, overview of Celtic culture and history, this is a great book.






    8. Provides a condensed overview of the Celtic world including everything from theoretical beginnings to the idea of modern Celts and from fighting Rome to farming practices.


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