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History of the Celts – Free Book Collection – Celts Ancient History
Free online pdf books on Celts at the Internet Archive. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: The Celts, Atlas of the Celts, The Ancient Celts, Everyday Life of the Celts, Celts: Europe’s People of Iron, Symbols of the Celts, Christianity and the Celts, Legends of the Celts, Kingdoms of the Celts, Women of the Celts, Chronicles of the Celts, Dictionary of the Celts, Art of the Celts, Caesar against the Celts, The Celts of Northern Europe, The Celts of the British Isles, The Celts: life, myth and art, Everyday Life of the Pagan Celts, Myths and civilization of the Celts, Gods and Heroes of the Celts, Boadicea: warrior queen of the Celts, Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts, The Literature of the Celts. Many more books on Ancient Celtic civilization.
History of Ancient Europe – Free Book Collection – Ancient Europe Culture
Free online books on the History of Europe to 476 at the Internet Archive. Some of these books are about ancient Greece and Rome, although those subjects are covered in separate webpages on this site. Some books: The History of Ancient Europe, Ancient Europe from the beginnings of Agriculture, Scotland in Ancient Europe, The Ancient Languages of Europe, Vanished Civilizations of the Ancient World, Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe, The History and Lore of the Celts and Vikings, Kingdoms of Europe: an illustrated Encyclopedia, The Ancient Artists of South-Western Europe, Warlords: ancient, Celtic, Medieval, The Encyclopedia of Ancient Civilizations, Mysteries of the Ancient World, Ancient Boats and Ships.
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Celtic Scotland – Celts Ancient History
“Written in a style designed to appeal to general as well as academic readers, this book examines the nature of Celticness and, through the evidence of ancient monuments, objects and written accounts, explores the essence of prehistoric Scotland. It traces the development of society in Scotland, from fragmented Iron Age tribes, into Picts, Scots and Britons, and uses reconstruction drawings and photographs to illustrate what Celtic life was like.” -Publisher.
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The Iberians – Ancient Europe Culture
Thames & Hudson 1964
Vol. 36 in the series “Ancient Peoples and Places”. The Iberians were not a single civilization but rather a variety of diverse groups residing in the geographical area we identify as the Iberian peninsula. This volume is well-illustrated with drawings and photos.
Blair, W. John
Oxford University 2000
This book is a brief introduction to the political, social, religious, and cultural history of Anglo-Saxon England. It covers the emergence of the earliest English settlements to the Norman victory in 1066.
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Burns, Thomas S.
Indiana University 1984
The Ostrogoths were the eastern branch of the older ‘Goths’. They traced their origins to the Greutungi – a branch of the Goths who had migrated southward from the Baltic Sea and established a kingdom north of the Black Sea during the 3rd and 4th centuries. The Ostrogoths briefly had a highly developed trade with the Romans, until their kingdom was invaded and annexed by the Huns in about 370. Their history was then obscure for about 80 years, when they are found to have migrated westward. Under their king Theodoric the Great they established a kingdom in Italy in 492. -Extraction from Wikipedia.
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Caesar’s Gallic War – Ancient Europe Culture
Caesar, Julius, Coolidge, Olivia E.
Houghton Mifflin 1961
Coolidge wrote this book as a companion to Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War. She gives here all that Caesar left out — the background, the character, the description, the action of the war — in a way that makes sense today. Using a fictitious narrator named Octavius, and drawing on archaeology and classical research, Coolidge has brought much-needed drama to this history and fleshed out the warrior chieftains, common soldiers, politicians, and of course, the supreme commander who made it.
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“The Lombards, also known as the Longobards, were a Germanic tribe whose fabled origins lay in the barbarian realm of Scandinavia. After centuries of obscurity during the long period of Roman domination in Europe, the Lombards began a concerted migration south-eastwards, coming to prominence immediately after the fall of Rome. In this book, the author combines many sources, archaeological and historical, to offer a fresh and vividly detailed picture of Lombard society — its people, settlements, material and spiritual culture — and its evolution from martial ‘barbarian’ tribe to complex urbanized state.” -Book cover.
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The Celts: A Very Short Introduction – Celts Ancient History
Oxford Univ 2003
Savage and bloodthirsty, or civilized and peaceable? The Celts have long been a subject of enormous fascination, speculation, and misunderstanding. Barry Cunliffe seeks to reveal this fascinating people for the first time, using an impressive range of evidence, and exploring subjects such as trade, migration, and the evolution of Celtic traditions. Along the way, he exposes the way in which society’s needs have shaped our visions of the Celts, and examines such colourful characters as St Patrick, Cú Chulainn, and Boudica. Cunliffe Celts A Very Short Introduction free download or read online.
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Green, Miranda J.
Thames & Hudson 1997
“Warlike, exuberant and superstitious, the ancient Celts saw divinities in every facet of life and nature, venerating deities of the sun, thunder, water, war, healing, hunting, fertility and death. They possessed a complicated array of concepts and rituals, a powerful priesthood – the Druids – and a pantheon which included the goddess-queen Medb and the Morrigan, a sinister war-goddess. This dictionary contains entries on aspects of Celtic myth, religion and folklore in Britain and Europe between 500 BC and AD 400. History of Ancient Europe.
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Stonehenge Decoded: An Astronomer Examines One of the Great Puzzles of the Ancient World – Ancient Europe Culture
Hawkins, Gerald S.
“Dr. Hawkins recreates the dramatic discovery of Stonehenge–a sophisticated and brilliantly conceived astronomical observatory used by three different groups of people over a 400-year period beginning around 2000 B.C.; tells of the mythology that surrounds it and of the remarkable techniques that were employed to bring the stones across 100 miles of sea and land to their site of construction on Salisbury Plain in southern England” -Publisher.
Thames & Hudson 2001
The Atlantic Celts begins with Iron Age Britain and Ireland, and goes on to map the ultimate failure of the Roman conquest; the resurgence of Celtic civilization in the Dark Ages; King Arthur; the history of Gaelic Ireland, from its conversion to Christianity to the Plantations; the history of the Welsh princedoms to the English conquest; and the making of Scotland.” “The Modern Celts examines the revival of the Celtic identity, from the Celtomania of the 18th century, through the growth of nationalism, language issues, the global diaspora and the current state of Celtic culture.”
“This is the first survey of religious beliefs in the British Isles from the Old Stone Age to the coming of Christianity, one of the least familiar periods in Britain’s history. Ronald Hutton draws upon a wealth of new data, much of it archaeological, that has transformed interpretation over the past decade. Giving more or less equal weight to all periods, from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages, he examines a fascinating range of evidence for Celtic and Romano-British paganism, from burial sites, cairns, megaliths and causeways, to carvings, figurines, jewellery, weapons, votive objects, literary texts and folklore.” -Publisher.
Roman Gaul and Germany – Ancient Europe Culture
University of California 1990
“Drawing on many recent excavations throughout Gaul and Germany, this generously illustrated book–co-published with the British Museum–brings a wealth of archaeological findings to bear upon a crucial period in Roman history. The Roman provinces of Gaul and Germany cover present-day France, Belgium, and the Rhineland, together with parts of Switzerland and the Netherlands. Distinguished by their rich Celtic and Germanic heritage, they formed an important part of the Roman Empire.” -Publisher.
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Koch, John T.
Introduces the archeology, art history, folklore, history, linguistics, literature, music, and mythology of the Celts and examines the global influence of their legacy. Unlike other texts in the field, this set celebrates all of the cultures associated with Celtic languages at all periods, providing for a richer and more comprehensive examination of the topic.
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Laing, Lloyd R.
Thames and Hudson 1992
“The entire spectrum of Celtic art, with all its vibrancy, power, intricate pattern and ambiguity, is revealed here — from the rich treasures found throughout Iron Age Europe, through the flowering of metalwork, sculpture and manuscript illumination during the Dark Ages, to the revivals and “druidomania” which carry the story up to the present. There is not one single, unbroken tradition but many diverse strands of development which interweave to create the magnificent works we term Celtic art. Both the language of Celtic art and its virtuosity speak directly to the modern artist and to a wide public.” -Book cover.
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The Celts – Celts Ancient History
Examines the history, culture, and artistic contributions of the ancient Celts from 600 B.C.–A.D. 600, in Europe and in the western Atlantic regions where the Celtic influence is still felt today. Illustrated with maps and photographs.
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Oxford University 1989
“Megalithic cairns, ancient earthworks, Bronze Age burial chambers, Stonehenge–these mysterious, awe-inspiring monuments in their remote British settings have long exercised a powerful hold on people’s imagination. In this lavishly illustrated atlas, John Manley provides a beautiful and highly informative account of prehistoric British culture, revealing how the evidence of monuments, excavations and artefacts sheds light on the technological development, social organization, military exploits, and religious practices of these long-departed peoples.” -Publisher.
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Selections from ‘The History of Rome’, vol 5, Book 8
University of Chicago 1968
Although we tend to view the Roman Empire’ history as that of Rome itself, Mommsen argues that the true destiny & drama of the Roman ideal was enacted in the provinces, rippling out from the city thru Italy & into the whole Mediterranean world. Roman ideals of civilization were realized thru conquest & expansion, creating a two-way street in which Roman law & custom were tempered & changed by outside contact.
Ancient Spaniards – Ancient Europe Culture
Saxon House 1975
“Long before the Greeks and Romans produced their sculptors and their architects whose work for centuries has dominated the curiosity of archaeologists and the avidity of collectors, the ancient Iberians created a ‘barbaric’ culture which only now is coming to light. Here is a fascinating description of primitive Spanish civilization, which is almost unknown to the cultivated world. The book clearly evaluates the impact of classical and other influences on the Iberian civilization and the primitive and indigenous vigour of temperament which formed it.” -Book jacket.
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Origins of the British: A Genetic Detective Story. The Surprising Roots of the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh
Carroll & Graf 2006
“History has long maintained that the Anglo-Saxon overtaking of the Iron Age Celts was the origin of the British people. Celtic Britain reconstructs the peopling of Britain — through a study of genetics, climatology, archaeology, language, culture, and history — and overturns that myth and others. In this groundbreaking study, Stephen Oppenheimer explains the surprising roots of the present-day cultural identities of the English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh.” -Publisher.
St. Martin’s 1987
“The story of the Claudian Conquest of Britain was only partly recorded by ancient historians. Tacitus’ Annals break off at the death of Tiberius and his pages dealing with the events of the vital invasion years are missing. The narrative of Cassius Dio survives only as a collection of selected pieces… ‘Invasion’ is a military appraisal of the Claudian invasion; it takes a fresh look at the known facts and explores several new ideas. It should appeal to a wide readership interested in archaeological, historical and military matters.” -Book jacket.
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Describes Celtic society in which the historic Druids lived in the second century BC, the sources of information about Druids in classical and vernacular writings, and the creation of Druid myths.
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Roman Britain: A Very Short Introduction – Ancient Europe Culture
Oxford University 2000
“Britain was within the orbit of Graeco-Roman civilization for at least half a millennium, and for over 350 years part of the political union created by the Roman Empire that encompassed most of Europe and all the countries of the Mediterranean. First published as part of the best-selling ‘Oxford Illustrated History of Britain’, Peter Salway’s ‘Very Short Introduction to Roman Britain’ weaves together the results of archaeological investigation and historical scholarship in a rounded and highly readable concise account.
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Oxford University 1998
“Part travel guide, part survey of Europe’s prehistory, Exploring Prehistoric Europe delves into fifteen of the most famous, most important, and most exciting archaeological sites in Europe. The first volume in the Places in Time series, this beautiful book takes us to locales both famous and obscure, from Ireland to Poland to Malta, ranging chronologically from Terra Amata, a site in southern France occupied some 380,000 years ago, to Borremose, a Danish settlement that dates to Roman times.
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Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland – Celts Ancient History
One of the world’s leading geneticists, Bryan Sykes has helped thousands find their ancestry in the British Isles. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts, which resulted from a systematic ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, traces the true genetic makeup of the British Isles and its descendants, taking readers from the Pontnewydd cave in North Wales to the resting place of the Red Lady of Paviland and the tomb of King Arthur. This illuminating guide provides a much-needed introduction to the genetic history of the people of the British Isles and their descendants throughout the world.
University of Wisconsin 1982
“In this collection of 12 essays, E.A. Thompson examines the fall of the Roman Empire in the West from the barbarian perspective and experience. Standard interpretations of the decline of the Roman empire in the West view the barbarian invaders as destroyers. Thompson, however, argues that the relationship between the invaders and the invaded was far more complex…” -Book jacket.
Wacher, John S.
Dent & Sons 1978
“This book is an attempt to collect together the great mass of evidence, accumulated down to the end of 1976, relating to the Roman period of British history and to present it in a form which will be of use to the widest possible range of readers. The material has been gathered in an essentially non-historical way, although a broad outline of chronological development has been followed within each topic selected for discussion. Emphasis has been placed on the activities of the population; consequently the core of the book deals with their work and leisure.” -Author’s Preface.
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Romans and Barbarians: Four Views from the Empire’s Edge – Ancient Europe Culture
St. Martin’s 1999
“From 27 B.C. to A.D. 117, the Roman dreams of boundless empire began to falter. The very size of their conquests made them hard to manage, and the caesars also had to accept the scale and intractability of the problems posed by the barbarians. The period covered by the book is one of great change and the opening of a new era. For the once mighty Romans this was a time when power was passing; for the barbarians it was the late Iron Age: a time of transition when internal stresses and fear of Roman aggression were creating dangerous shifts in the tribal equilibrium.