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The Celts of Northern Europe

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This appealing series presents historically important cultures from the past ranging from the well-known ancient Greeks to the lesser-known Kingdom ... Show synopsis

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jjares

An Excellent Overview of the Celts in Europe

by jjares on Jul 19, 2014

This is a book for younger readers (ages 9 ? 12) but the subject has intrigued me for some time. I?ve always wanted to know where the Celts came from ? in their quest to overtake Europe and Asia Minor. The photographs of artifacts are quite exceptional and are clearly explained. I would have appreciated the map of Celtic conquests to have appeared earlier in the book. The time line for the Ancient Celts (both BCE {Before the Common Era} and CE {during the Common Era}) helped keep things straight. There?s also a glossary that explains complex words and concepts that were used in the book. The side bar topics add a great deal to the subject covered; i.e. ? sacred animals, chariot warfare and the four festivals important to the Celts. Kathryn Hinds certainly knows Celtic art and culture. The book has five main chapters: 1) THE CELT TRIBES ON THE MOVE: They began in Hallstatt (in Austria) and moved both east and west. The Celts were a long-term pain to the Romans while the Greeks handled them much more effectively. 2) THE CELTIC ART OF LIVING: How the Celts lived, their art and the learning they valued. The photo of a home interior [a reconstruction] proves the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. Because they did not have a written language, we do not know much about the early Celtic communities. 3) DEITIES IN THEIR MIDST: This section takes a look at the deities that were important to the Celts. 4) THE CELTIC IDEAL IN PRACTICE: It took druids 20 years to become a fully-fledged druid; they really were more powerful than the king. They could stop a battle just by stepping between 2 forces on the battlefield. 5) A LIVING CULTURE: This section traces the oral tradition of the Celts, their assimilation (most groups) and their rise again when a portion of Ireland became independent.

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