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The Celts von Alice Roberts
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The Celts (Original 2015; 2017. Auflage)

von Alice Roberts (Autor)

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"We know a lot about the Romans. They left monuments to their glories and written histories charting their exploits of their heroes. What do we know about the warriors who humiliated them over a thousand years ago? The early Celts did not keep written records and so much of their story and many of their achievements were forgotten. This is the story of a multicultural civilization, linked by a common language. It's the story of how ideas travelled in prehistory: how technology and art spread across the continent. This is the story of a European culture that changed Britain forever"--Book jacket.… (mehr)
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Info:Quercus Publishing (2017), Edition: Illustrated, 320 pages
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The Celts: Search for a Civilization von Alice Roberts (2015)

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Based on a BBC series Alice Roberts did with Neil Oliver, this book charts the different ways to define what it means to be a Celt or Celtic in the Bronze and Iron Ages, and what the archaelogical finds suggests about the spread of cultures and peoples. An easy quick read. ( )
  queen_ypolita | May 29, 2021 |
The Celts and a mysterious people. You either think of a woad daubed, near naked warrior, screaming at the top of his voice, or see them as a hugely artistic people who produced the most exquisite gold jewellery. These images have been elicited from Roman literature and from burial sites and finds in fields. Unlike the Romans and Normans who left vast swathes of solid architectural evidence and literature for us to understand them, the Celts touched the earth lightly leaving traces only of their existence. The artefacts that we do find though are quite beautiful; the tales that history whispers are strange; so who are these people?

But the evidence is there; provided you know where to look. In this companion book to the BBC series, Roberts takes us from Northern Europe and right down to the Mediterranean to speak to those who are investigating these people, to see the latest evidence and touch the few possessions that have survived across the ages. It is an interesting journey as the people are so elusive, partly as they left precious little traces of their homes and lifestyle. There are some interesting theories as to the roots of Celts, how they influenced European language and culture and how the echoes of their legacy still reverberate even today. Good stuff, now to watch the TV series. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
This book is about Alice Robert's search for the Celts - who they were, their history, their culture, their art and technology. The author also takes a look at how much the current understanding of the Celtic World has changed in the past decade. For us to understand why our views of the Celts have changed so drastically, Roberts explores the archaeological discoveries, the ancient histories and new linguistic evidence.

Roberts traces the movement of Celtic tribes in central Europe, Asia Minor, and the western Atlantic fringe of Europe, Britain, Ireland, France and Iberia. The author starts her search for the Celts in central Europe with the discovery of the "Hochdorf Prince' in south-west Germany. The grave goods of this discovery are examined in light of the local and Mediterranean trade networks and an examination of the relevant ancient texts. The author then moves on to the archaeological discoveries of the Halstatt salt mines near Saltzbug, Austria and then onto the Celtic city of Heuneburg and the discovery of the "Bettelbuhl Princess" in southern Germany. (Who knew the Celts had large cities!!) These finds suggests that large, complex societies with a need for international resources were flourishing in central Europe during the Bronze and Iron Age. This is in contradiction to the usual assessment of impoverished barbarians eecking out a living beyond the Roman borders. The evidence of large population movements of people (or lack thereof) and ideas in Iron Age Europe is assessed. The book includes a brief history of the clashes that occur between the Celts and the Romans. The Urnfield, Halstatt and La Tene cultures are examined in light of new archaeological and linguistic evidence that has been discovered on the Iberian Peninsula. A relatively new hypothesis suggests that the Celtic language might have developed from a branch of Indo-European in the western Mediterranean, flowed north into the Atlantic zone (western sea board and the British Isles) and later spreading back east into central Europe (via traders, metal-smiths and other craftspeople). While this hypothesis is still disputed, it does make for interesting reading and an update to the previous books I've read on the subject.

Alice Roberts takes a brief look at the myths and religious practices of the Celts as illustrated by archaeological findings (e.g. bog bodies, possible human sacrifices, druids), but this is not covered in any depth. The author made much of the fancy jewelry found in archaeological sites, but I was rather disappointed that the author didn't mention anything about Celtic technology, except a few comments about metal-smithing. There was no mention of such things as:
their farming methods, especially their harvesting machine (http://www.gnrtr.com/Generator.html?pi=208&cp=3); or
their road building (http://www.ancestraljourneys.org/earlyroads.shtml); or
the Celtic Coligny calendar (http://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-other-artifacts/coligny-calendar-1800-y...).

The author provides books and articles for further reading, but there is no extensive reference list/bibliography which is unusual and rather annoying in a non-fiction book. This lack of proper referencing and tying the text to a reference seems to be a bad habit that has appeared in the latest batch of popular non-fiction. I sincerely hope this erratic referencing fad has a short life.

The book is a well written, current and interesting examination of who the Celts were, how they lived, and their interaction with the rest of the world. The book includes maps were relevant and two sections of colour photographs. Alice Roberts differentiates between fact and speculation, and also keeps all personal anecdotes to a minimum. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Celts. This book would also work very well as an introductory text to the subject, as it is neither complicated or boring, and has something of the flavour of a detective novel.






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Ambrus, VictorIllustratorCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Hayward, TomFotografCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Oliver, NeilVorwortCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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