By Ian Armit

ISBN-10: 0713489499

ISBN-13: 9780713489491

Who're the Celts? the place did they arrive from? Did the tribes of Iron Age Scotland particularly belong to a 'European neighborhood' of Celts? What did it suggest to be Celtic? during this interesting ebook, the result of sleek archaeology are used, along previous unearths and the ancient resources, to light up this crucial yet unusually missed interval of Scottish background. during this new version of a vintage paintings, Ian Armit explores the prehistoric global of the Celts, from round one thousand BC to advert 500. absolutely illustrated with color pictures, maps and diagrams, the e-book covers ethnicity and identification, everyday life, Celtic artwork, the Druids, brochs, hillforts and Celtic struggle and the conflict with Rome.

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Gaul was rich in land and resources and markets (Roman merchants did a booming business in Celtic cities). Moreover, the Celts had hundreds of gold mines, some of them very large-scale operations indeed. If Caesar could conquer Gaul, he would not only gain a reputation as a great general but would also be able to seize much of its wealth. This was a surefire route to power in Rome. A northern tribe, the Belgae, were first to react to Caesar’s move into Gaul and rise against him. He defeated them in a fierce battle in 57 BCE, then headed west to subdue the other outlying tribes.

It was not unknown for single combats and mock battles at feasts to lead to serious injury or even death. FEASTING seem to have been in what is now southern Germany—one of them had a rampart five miles around that required sixty tons of iron to make the nails that held the timbers in place. In central France, archaeologists have been excavating Bibracte, the major city of the Aedui tribe. Their discoveries show that numerous artisans and tradespeople lived and worked there. Among other things, they crafted and sold iron tools and goods (the iron was mined nearby), jewelry of several kinds, glass, and a variety of items decorated with colored enamel.

All the day the barbarians were beset by calamities and terrors of this kind. But the night was to bring upon them experiences far more painful. For there came on a severe frost, and snow with it, and great rocks slipping from [Mount] Parnassus, and crags breaking away, made the barbarians their target, the crash of which brought destruction, not on one or two at a time, but on thirty or even more, as they chanced to be gathered in groups keeping guard or taking rest. After this terrible night, the Greeks The Pythia, painted in 1868 by English artist surprised the Celts, attacking their rearEdward Burne-Jones, beside a tripod on which laurel leaves burn in offering to Apollo guard, and a furious battle ensued.

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