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The ancient Celts

Author: Barry W Cunliffe
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fierce warriors and skilled craftsmen, the Celts were famous throughout the ancient Mediterranean world, the archetypal barbarians from the north, feared by both Greeks and Romans. And though this ancient thousand-year-old civilization was crushed by the military campaigns of Julius Caesar, the Celts remain an object of fascination to this day. Now, in The Ancient Celts, Barry Cunliffe, one of the world's leading  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cunliffe, Barry W.
Ancient Celts.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)605023430
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barry W Cunliffe
ISBN: 0198150105 9780198150107 0965067602 9780965067607 0140254226 9780140254228
OCLC Number: 36085150
Description: 324 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Visions of the Celts --
The Reality of the Celts --
Barbarian Europe and the Mediterranean: 1300-400 BC --
The Migrations: 400-200 BC --
Warfare and Society --
The Arts of the Migration Period --
Iberia and the Celtiberians --
The Communities of the Atlantic Facade --
The Communities of the Eastern Fringes --
Religious Systems --
The Developed Celtic World --
The Celts in Retreat --
Celtic Survival --
Retrospect.
Responsibility: Barry Cunliffe.
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Originally published by Oxford University Press in 1997, an illustrated study of the Ancient Celtic tribe and its expansion and migration. It also discusses the emergence of chiefdoms and the  Read more...

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