Historical Atlas of the Celtic World

Historical Atlas of the Celtic World

by Angus Konstam, Roger Kean

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The remarkable Celtic culture once encompassed most of western Europe; even after centuries of invasion and conquest it flourished in remote corners of the continent. This book is a beautifully illustrated survey of Celtic society, its history and belief, from its origins to the present day. Historical Atlas of the Celtic World traces the development of Celtic religion and mythology, and describes the flowering of their unique metalwork, sculpture, and illumination. The book draws on this superb legacy and interweaves it with a scholarly examination of Celtic culture, landscape, and history, ending in the Celtic revival of the past century.

Millions claim a Celtic ancestry and are fascinated by the unique culture of their predecessors. This exquisitely illustrated book provides an expertly crafted view into the Celtic past, while emphasising the relevance of Celtic culture and identity today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816047611
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2001
Series: Historical Atlas Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.12(w) x 11.98(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

ANGUS KONSTAM has written over a dozen books on piracy, shipwrecks, and exploration for the Atlas series. He has made a lifelong study of maritime history and archaeology, and the history of early European development. He is a museum professional with experience in both Britain and the United States, and holds degrees in history and archaeology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Celtic Origins8
Neolithic Europe10
Bronze Age Europe12
The Proto-Celts14
Hallstatt Culture16
The Celtic Identity18
La Tene Culture20
The Archaeological Evidence22
Chapter 2The Celtic Peoples of Europe24
The Gauls26
Gallic Unity28
The Bretons30
The Iberian Celts32
The Galatians34
The Italian Celts36
Chapter 3Early Celtic Art38
The Origins of Celtic Art40
The Hallstatt Period42
The Gundestrup Cauldron44
Art of the Early La Tene46
The Evolution of La Tene48
Chapter 4Celtic Belief50
The Celtic Calendar52
Death and the Afterlife54
The Bog People58
Sacred Landscape60
Sacred Waters62
Gods and Divinities64
A Multi-Faceted Religion66
Chapter 5The Celts of the British Isles68
The Southern Britons70
The Irish72
The Caledonians and Picts74
The Scots76
The Welsh78
The Cornish80
Chapter 6The Roman Conquests82
The Cimbri Migration84
Caesar's Conquest of Gaul86
Alesia: The Final Battle88
Conquest of Britain90
Boudicca's Revolt92
The Romans in Scotland94
Chapter 7The Druids96
Power of the Druids98
Witchcraft and Sorcery100
Prophecy and Divination102
Women and the Priesthood104
Druids in Celtic Myth106
Chapter 8The Celtic Warrior108
Cult of the Warrior Hero110
Celtic Warfare of La Tene112
Celtic Arms and Armor114
Dressed to Kill116
Late Celtic Warfare118
Chapter 9Celts and Anglo-Saxons120
End of Roman Order122
The Sub-Roman Celts124
The Anglo-Saxons126
The Saxon Conquests128
Arthur of the Britons130
The Celtic Twilight132
Chapter 10The Renaissance of Celtic Art134
A Celtic Artistic Rebirth136
Irish Celtic Metalwork138
The Celtic Hoards140
Metalworking Techniques142
Decoration of Metalwork144
The Influence of Christianity146
Stone Crosses148
The Pictish Symbol Stones150
Chapter 11Celts and Christianity152
The Early Celtic Church154
Illuminated Manuscripts160
The Book of Kells162
Iona versus Rome164
Chapter 12Celtic Mythology166
Gods and Origins168
Life and Afterlife170
Early Irish Literature172
Early Irish Narratives174
The Arthurian Legend176
Chapter 13The Celtic Legacy178
Post-Celtic Art180
The Celtic Revival182
The Celtic Fringe184
Celtic Consciousness186
Museums & Further Reading188
Late Celtic Timelines189

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Absolutely wonderful for anyone interested in history, or Celtic culture. The text and pictures work effectively to give an in depth history of Celtic peoples, from 6,000 BC to today. Though the cover may remind some of the Eyewitness books (a wonderful children's educational series) this book goes in depth into every aspect of the Celtic world. Do not let the name Atlas through you off. Atlas refers to fact that this book emphasizes the location as well as the time periods of various Celtic cultures.