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(A Very Short Introduction series). This essential survey ranges from herodotus to Breton bagpipe festivals, and show how the Celts have been harnessed in support of both the European Union and Scottish and Welsh devolution. Further Reading, Index. 161p.
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The Druids have been known and discussed for at least 2400 years, first by Greek writers and later by the Romans, who came in contact with them in Gaul and Britain. According to these sources, they were a learned caste who officiated in religious ceremonies, taught the ancient wisdoms, and were revered as philosophers. But few figures flit so elusively through history, and the Druids remain enigmatic and puzzling to this day. In this Very Short Introduction, one of the leading authorities on British archaeology, Barry Cunliffe, takes the reader on a fast-paced look at the ever-fascinating story of the Druids, as seen in the context of the times and places in which they practiced. Sifting through the evidence, Cunliffe offers an expert's best guess as to what can be said and what can't be said about the Druids, discussing the origins of the Druids and the evidence for their beliefs and practices, why the nature of the druid caste changed quite dramatically over time, and how successive generations have seen them in very different ways.
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In this magnificent book, distinguished archaeologist Barry Cunliffe views Europe not in terms of states and shifting political boundaries but as a geographical niche particularly favored in facing many seas. These seas, and Europe's great transpeninsular rivers, ensured a rich diversity of natural resources while also encouraging the dynamic interaction of peoples across networks of communication and exchange. The development of these early Europeans is rooted in complex interplays, shifting balances, and geographic and demographic fluidity. Addenda. Illus., 241 color/61 b&w. 520p.
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Archaeologist Barry Cunliffe sees Europe not in terms of states and shifting land boundaries, but as a geographical niche particularly favored in facing many seas. These and the great transpeninsular rivers ensured a rich diversity of natural resources, and encouraged the interaction of dynamic peoples across networks of communication and exchange. The book is a tour de force that weaves together titanic concepts. Further Reading, Index, Sources of Illustrations. 518p.
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A history of both human inhabitation and the environment, this study examines the changing landscape of Europe and the way human beings have responded and adapted to it over the course of the millennia. Twelve chapters focus on theprincipal periods of innovation and culture, such as the Minoan and Mycenean civilizations. Time chart included. Illus., 24 pgs. color plates/300 b&w plates, figures, and maps. 532p.
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The Ancient Celts

By Barry Cunliffe

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In this exploration of the nature of Celtic identity, the author presents the first thorough and up-to-date account of the archetypal barbarians from the north, feared by both the Romans and Greeks: the Celts. Through a considerationof cultural diversity, social and religious systems, art, language, law, and oral traditions, the author draws a distinction between societies which conform to an ethnic `Celtic' model and those subjected to `Celtization'.Illus., 24 color plates, 208 b&w text fig., 30 maps. 324p.
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The Ancient Celts

By Barry Cunliffe

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More than two hundred illustrationsincluding twentyfour color platesand thirty maps complement an authoritative account that draws on recent archaeological findings to trace the development of Celtic civilization and its influence on Europe past and present. Reprint.
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A history of the journey of the Greek explorer Pytheas of Massalia (new Marseille) who set out around 330 B.C. to explore Northern Europe & the British Isles. Further reading, index. B&W illus. 195p.
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Provides an account of the fourth-century B.C. expedition of Pytheas, a Greek explorer who traveled from the Greek colony of Massalia to the distant lands of northern Europe, including Britain, Denmark, and, possibly, Iceland.
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Offers a description of why the countryside of England looks the way it does in contemporary times. This book covers the geology, archaeology and history of each area and what effects each has had on the landscape. It includes: 'What Manner of Place is This?'; Rhythms of change, a region of contrasts; Peopling the Landscape; and more.
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