The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

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Pub. Date: 2003-08-28
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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Savage and bloodthirsty, or civilized and peaceable? The Celts have long been a subject of enormous fascination, speculation, and misunderstanding. From the ancient Romans to the present day, their real nature has been obscured by a tangled web of preconceived ideas and stereotypes. Barry Cunliffe seeks to reveal this fascinating people for the first time, using an impressive range of evidence, and exploring subjects such as trade, migration, and the evolution of Celtic traditions. Along the way, he exposes the way in which society's needs have shaped our visions of the Celts,and examines such colourful characters as St Patrick, Cu Chulainn, and Boudica.

Author Biography

Barry Cunliffe is Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. ix
All things to all menp. 1
A view from the Mediterraneanp. 8
A little prehistory: the Atlantic longue dureep. 18
A little more prehistory: the elites of middle Europep. 27
Peoples on the movep. 37
Talking to each otherp. 47
Telling storiesp. 56
Sharing valuesp. 65
Gauls and Romansp. 75
Britons and Romansp. 84
Interlude: the story so farp. 92
Threads of continuity: the Celtic twilightp. 99
Reinventing the Celtsp. 111
Striving for identityp. 122
Every night a fest noz: the new Celtomaniap. 133
So, who were the Celts?p. 139
Further readingp. 147
Indexp. 151
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