Daily Life of the Pagan Celts

Daily Life of the Pagan Celts This publication reveals that the Celts were not merely a collection of barbaric tribes but that their civilization compared favourably with those of other ancient civilizations The detail of the book

  • Title: Daily Life of the Pagan Celts
  • Author: Joan P. Alcock
  • ISBN: 9781846450211
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This publication reveals that the Celts were not merely a collection of barbaric tribes but that their civilization compared favourably with those of other ancient civilizations The detail of the book includes political and social groups, domestic and family life, social hierarchies, housing, food, clothing, religion, superstition, mythology and legend, poetry, warfare anThis publication reveals that the Celts were not merely a collection of barbaric tribes but that their civilization compared favourably with those of other ancient civilizations The detail of the book includes political and social groups, domestic and family life, social hierarchies, housing, food, clothing, religion, superstition, mythology and legend, poetry, warfare and warriors, crime and punishment, bog burials and the interaction of this society with Greek and Roman civilization It will include extracts from Celtic literature and classical literature relating to the Celts.This publication reveals that the Celts were not merely a collection of barbaric tribes but that their civilization compared favourably with those of other ancient civilizations The detail of the book includes political and social groups, domestic and family life, social hierarchies, housing, food, clothing, religion, superstition, mythology and legend, poetry, warfare and warriors, crime and punishment, bog burials and the interaction of this society with Greek and Roman civilization It will include extracts from Celtic literature and classical literature relating to the Celts.The Celtic world covered Western Europe from Ireland to the southern Mediterranean and extending into Galatia Asia Minor during the Iron Age and the Roman Empire between 600 BC and 200 AD Drawing from a wide variety of sources, including the latest archaeological evidence, and Celtic and classical literature, this publication provides an accessible and up to date account of daily life in this Celtic world With her extensive background in ancient history, Joan Alcock vividly brings to life the civilisation of the Celts, a world with complexities and nuanced variations like any of the other great ancient civilizations The book details the structure of the Celtic world, its constituent territories and cultures and the interrelationships of these tribes and lands, the roles within each society, including warriors, farmers, craftsmen who still influence fashions today , slaves, women and children Detail is given of religion and superstition, feasts and festivals, burial practices, building types and materials, domestic life, family customs, marriage, the raising of children and The final chapter examines the decline of the Celts, and the survival and re emergence of Celtic cultural traditions in the modern era.

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    1. The information was good, and at times extensive. Would have been better if the illustrations and photos were included on the page they were referenced to, or as a footnote, ie, see photo on pg etc. Because the subject encompasses a vast area, there wasn't too much in depth discussion of certain tribes or regions. Really would have liked to read a more thorough discussion of their religious beliefs and everyday life. Most interesting fact I learned was in the introduction; the Celts were known b [...]

    2. Took a bit to power through this book as it read more like a series of encyclopedia entries (very dry) than a literate examination of the Celts, but Alcock does a pretty good job of cobbling together the sparse evidence we have, as well as omitting the irrelevant.Part of the problem is that the Celts kept only oral traditions for much of their life-cycle in history, so that we're forced to rely on the reporters of the day, many of whom regarded the Celts with withering disdain. That the few bits [...]

    3. I read this book purely to satisfy my own curiosity and found it a fairly interesting and accessible introduction to the subject.I particularly liked the way the author examined Irish and Welsh literature in order to illuminate the culture that created it. My major complaint is that the text was not very well edited, which I found extremely distracting.

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