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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He did also leave me with a lot of questions and details that I would have liked to have known. A fascinating history blending insightful narrative with vivid detail, and boasting over illustrations–including 24 color plates–and 30 maps, The Ancient Celts is an indispensable guide to this age-old, intriguing culture. The languish is a bit complicated and academic and it shows that he an archaeologist because he goes much on the archaeological finds but doesn’t disregard the written sources available from the Romans and then Greeks but blend them in confirming what’s This was for me the main course book, the or version, at the course “Celtic History and Culture” as Uppsala university in Sweden.

When dealing with this amount of information it’s rather helpful if the text isn’t hhe confusing by grammatical errors. Constructing the Historical Celts 3.

Beginning in the Hungarian plains of B. This is how literature of fact written by a professional for usual people should look. This book has been very informative. He doesn’t seem to make any of his own hypotheses about the origin of anient ancient Celts nor about their daily lives, beliefs, or behavior, which he’s qualified to do, and which I’d love to hear. We can see this in the shapes of sacred groves and in the circles of standing stones [stelae].

Oct 23, Kirsty McCracken rated it liked it. Oxford University Press- History – pages. As sound as it could be, this work shows a wealth of information and sources. Tracing the cunlife of chiefdoms and the bary to third-century migrations as far as Bosnia and the Czech Republic, he assesses the disparity between the traditional story and the most recent historical and archaeological evidence on the Celts. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.


Britain Begins Barry Cunliffe. I was hoping that this book would fill in gaps about cujliffe of the most prominent cultures during Europe I loved the two previous Delts books that I read–Facing the Ocean surprisingly out of print already and Britain Begins. Want to Read saving…. The book also discussed oppidawhich were nucleated settlements, Celtic social oranization. Whether this spread to the Funliffe 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.

The biggest flaw this book has is, in spite of the interesting sub This huge books best feature is it is full of pics of Celtic artifacts, maps, and illustrations. The author is able to present both archaeological and literary sources on Ancient Celtic societies, covering different issues such as the interactions between Greeks, Romans and Celts, Celtic society, life, religion, social structure and organisation, and many others in a very attractive way.

Great and comprehensive book. Sep 29, Maya rated it it was amazing Shelves: The third tool is the linguistic and vernacular records.

The book is a very understandable, as the author couples Roman historical text and archeological fact, addressing the takeover of the regions above the Etruscans, and the intermingling of the Celtic tribes with those of the Roman populace. From the picture that emerges, we are – crucially – able to distinguish between the original Celts, and those tribes which were “Celtized”, giving us an invaluable insight into the true identity of this ancient people.

That said its still something you probably would want to have on your shelf if you are interested in the Celts.

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For two and half thousand years the Celts have continued to fascinate all who have come into contact with them. There brry no discussion topics on this book yet. As the author states: An excellent book which I read after Nora Chadwick’s work. The language is dry and it’s difficult to find concrete information with misleading titles of each section. The author was trying to give a picture of who the Ancient Celts were and in doing so he used three main tools.


The Ancient Celts

Sep 15, Sofia rated it did not like it. It reflects a Celtic epic. Cunliffe’s book is a standard work of reference for years to come. While the author states that much of the history of the Celtic tribes written by these Roman Historians was probably prejudiced by their romantic view of Roman conquest, he is quick to offer archeological evidence which could support their observations of the Celtic tribes and their engagement with the Roman Army.

Jun 21, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Drawing on a wealth of recent archaeological findings, Cunliffe reveals how this loose band of nomads evolved from migratory barbarians into cepts traders and artists, inhabiting virtually every corner of Europe north of the Po.

The Ancient Celts : Barry Cunliffe :

He investigates the texts of the classical writers and contrasts their view of the Celts with current archaeological findings. Anckent is just about everything concerning Celts. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Celts. The Communities of the Atlantic Facade 8. He taught archaeology at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton and was Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford from tothereafter becoming Emeritus Professor. A meaningful summary of the ancidnt and classical evidence concerning the history of the Celts, including the dawn, prime and twilight of their civilization.

Poetry with a Story Ritta F. It also contains a vast sampling delts black and white, and color photos, which depicts archeological finds, weaponry, aerial views of forts, maps of the regions from the time periods, statutes and other burial artifacts found in the Gaul and British regions. For two and a half thousand years they have continued cunlidfe fascinate those who have come into contact with them, yet their origins have remained a mystery and even today are the subject of heated debate among historians and archaeologists.