Celts: The History and Legacy of One of the Oldest Cultures in Europe (Histories)

October 31, 2020
Celts: The History and Legacy of One of the Oldest Cultures in Europe (Histories)

"They cut off the heads of enemies slain in battle and attachthem to the necks of their horses...They embalm theheads...[and]...display them with pride to strangers."–Diodorus SiculusBefore the Vikings, before the Anglo-Saxons, before the RomanEmpire, the Celts dominated central and western Europe. Today wemight think of the Celts only inhabiting parts of the far west ofEurope—Ireland, Great Britain, France and Spain—but these were theextremities in which their culture lasted longest. In fact, theyhad originated in Central Europe and settled as far afield aspresent day Turkey, Poland and Italy. From their emergence as anIron Age people around 800 BC to the early centuries AD,Celts reveals the truth behind the stories of nakedwarriors, ritual beheadings, druids, magic and accusations of humansacrifice. The book examines the different tribes, the Hallstattand La Tène periods, as well as Celtic survival in western Europe,the Gallic Wars, military life, spiritual life, slavery, sexualityand Celtic art. Celts is an expertly written account of apeople who have long captured the popular imagination.