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The Celts: A Very Short Introduction [#094]
The Celts: A Very Short Introduction [#094]
  • A thought-provoking and entertaining new look at the Celts
  • Author is an acknowledged expert in this field
  • Uses up-to-the-minute evidence
  • 'One of the most committed and gifted archaeological communicators, whose works are always a pleasure to read.' Dr Simon James, University of Leicester

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, Cú Chulainn, and Boudica.


List of illustrations
1. All things to all men
2. A view from the Mediterranean
3. A little prehistory: the Atlantic longue durée
4. A little more prehistory: the elites of middle Europe
5. Peoples on the move
6. Talking to each other
7. Telling stories
8. Sharing values
9. Gauls and Romans
10. Britons and Romans
11. Interlude: the story so far
12. Threads of continuity: the Celtic twilight
13. Reinventing the Celts
14. Striving for identity
15. Every night a fest noz: the new Celtomania
16. So, who were the Celts?
Further reading

About the author: 

Barry Cunliffe is Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford. He has excavated widely in Western Europe and is currently working in Spain, Brittany, and Wessex. His research interests have recently focussed especially on the importance of the Atlantic sea routes to European prehistory and history. His books include The Celtic World, The Ancient Celts, Prehistoric Europe, Facing the Ocean, and The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek. He is a Trustee of the British Museum.

Product details

ISBN : 9780192804181

Barry Cunliffe
176 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Jun 2003
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The Celts: A Very Short Introduction [#094]

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction [#094]

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction [#094]