The Ancient Celts by Barry CunliffeThe Ancient Celts by Barry Cunliffe

The Ancient Celts

byBarry Cunliffe

Paperback | October 15, 1999

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For two and a half thousand years the Celts have continued to 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. In this erudite and profusely illustrated history, Barry Cunliffe explores the archaeological reality of these bold warriors and skilled craftsmen of barbarian Europe who inspired fear in the Greeks and Romans. Tracing the emergence of chiefdoms and their migrations as far as Bosnia and the Czech Republic, he assesses the disparity between the traditional and contemporary information on the Celts and offers new insight into the true identity of this ancient people.
Barry Cunliffe is professor of European archaeology at Oxford University. His books include The Ancient Celts and Facing the Ocean: The Atlantic and Its Peoples.
Title:The Ancient CeltsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.54 × 7.08 × 0.8 inPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140254226

ISBN - 13:9780140254228

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative This book is extremely well reserched by the author. Every point he makes he backs up with several sources. He gives an informative overview of the Celts, their history past and present. There are also many maps and pictures, in the book which help to beter understand the origins and art of the Celts. Of all the books I have read on the Celts this book is the most reserched. A thoroughly great book.
Date published: 2004-11-03

Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates
List of Maps
1. Visions of the Celts
2. The Reality of the Celts
3. Barbarian Europe and the Mediterranean: 1300-400 BC
4. The Migrations: 400-200 BC
5. Warfare and Society
6. The Arts of the Migration Period
7. Iberia and the Celtiberians
8. The Communities of the Atlantic Facade
9. The Communities of the Eastern Fringes
10. Religious Systems
11. The Developed Celtic World
12. The Celts in Retreat
13. Celtic Survival
14. Retrospect

A Guide to Further Reading
Chronological Tables
Map Section
Illustration Sources

From Our Editors

Known to many as "barbarians from the north," members of Celtic tribes were a fascinating group. The Ancient Celts tells us about the different organizations that existed and explores their origins. Barry Cunliffe also looks at patterns of expansion, migration and the emergence of chiefdom by using archaeological evidence from the Iron Age.

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