The Celts

The Celts Alice Roberts goes in search of the Celts and their treasures in a narrative history to accompanying a new BBC series We know a lot about the Roman Empire The Romans left monuments to their glories an

  • Title: The Celts
  • Author: AliceRoberts
  • ISBN: 9781784293352
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alice Roberts goes in search of the Celts and their treasures in a narrative history to accompanying a new BBC series We know a lot about the Roman Empire The Romans left monuments to their glories and written histories charting the exploits of their heroes But there was another ancient people in Europe feared warriors with chariots, iron swords, exquisite jewellery,Alice Roberts goes in search of the Celts and their treasures in a narrative history to accompanying a new BBC series We know a lot about the Roman Empire The Romans left monuments to their glories and written histories charting the exploits of their heroes But there was another ancient people in Europe feared warriors with chariots, iron swords, exquisite jewellery, swirling tattoos and strange rituals and beliefs For hundreds of years Europe was theirs, not Rome s They were our ancestors, and yet the scale of their achievements has largely been forgotten They were the Celts Unlike the Romans they did not write their history, so the stories of many heroic Celtic men and women have been lost And yet we can discover their deeds you just have to know where to look From Denmark to Italy Portugal to Turkey Alice Roberts takes us on a journey across Europe, revealing the remarkable story of the Celts their real origins, how they lived and thrived, and their enduring modern legacy Using ground breaking linguistic research, in addition to the latest archaeology and genetics, Alice Roberts will explore how this remarkable and advanced culture grew from the fringes of the continent and humiliated the might of Rome The Celts accompanies a substantial BBC series presented by Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver, and showing in October 2015.

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    1. Having thoroughly enjoyed the BBC programme of the same name, I was keen to get stuck into the book for some real nitty-gritty depth on the topic of the Celts. I was not disappointed. This is a well-researched, concise work that challenges many of the things we think we 'know' about the amorphous peoples that were The Celts. It was illuminating just to consider what we assume 'Celtic' to be, Alice puts it:''There are linguistic Celts, archaeological Celts, artistic Celts, ancient historical Celt [...]

    2. This book was written to accompany a BBC series that I haven’t seen, but that doesn’t seem to detract from it any. I seem to be seeing a lot of people lately considering the issues of Celtic identity: how do we pin it down? Is it based on language, material culture, genetics? Is it really a thing? I’ve been to the temporary Celtic exhibit in the British Museum, as well as read this and — for contrast — Graham Robb’s The Ancient Paths, which views Celtic identity as very contiguous ac [...]

    3. The Celts and a mysterious people. You either think of a woad daubed, near naked warrior, screaming at the top of his voice, or see them as a hugely artistic people who produced the most exquisite gold jewellery. These images have been elicited from Roman literature and from burial sites and finds in fields. Unlike the Romans and Normans who left vast swathes of solid architectural evidence and literature for us to understand them, the Celts touched the earth lightly leaving traces only of their [...]

    4. A very interesting and informative book once I got over the fact that it wasn't what I expected going in. My view of the Celts going into this book was extremely narrow, UK centric and is seems mostly wrong.

    5. While it gave a large amount of interesting information, it didn't clearly draw the links between premises or give a definitive conclusion to each point. TL;DR: A lot of info dumping with minimal tying together. DNF at p120 - I might revisit it later when I have the patience for its roundabout nature,

    6. This book is about Alice Robert's search for the Celts - who they were, their history, their culture, their art and technology. The author also takes a look at how much the current understanding of the Celtic World has changed in the past decade. For us to understand why our views of the Celts have changed so drastically, Roberts explores the archaeological discoveries, the ancient histories and new linguistic evidence. Roberts traces the movement of Celtic tribes in central Europe, Asia Minor, [...]

    7. This is an interesting and well written introduction to the Celts. Thought the author puts forward some of her own ideas this is not original research and more about pulling together all the current thinking and archaeological discoveries connected with the Celts. In my ignorance I had thought the Celts were confined to Britain but as I soon realised from reading this book they actually came from Europe and possibly from Portugal and Spain originally.The author describes what we know about the w [...]

    8. An excellent overview of current Celtic theory that accompanies but outshines the BBC series. Roberts's style is readable and intelligent without being over-simplified. She is politely sceptic in some areas and slightly over-enthusiastic in others but her conclusions on the concept of what 'Celtic' really is are well thought out and persuasive.

    9. A new view on the Celts. - I have in my youth been interested in the Celtic culture. I often listened to Alain Stivell and others. Trips to Brittany (les alignments), Bois de Broceliande and Stonehenge were included in my holidays. I must say, things have changed a lot since then in the literature and a consequence in my thinking.Whereas in the past one thought of the Celts as a people with a genetic makeup, a culture and a language nowadays one barely dares to define the term. It seems to have [...]

    10. A Disclaimer: I have a PhD in (Greek) Archaeology and thus, while I am generally unfamiliar with many of the specifics, I approach this book with a background in the subject matter. While I cannot detach this background from my review I can speculate on what I want to see in popular history/archaeology (and, spoiler alert, The Celts is largely it); ultimately, however, I have to admit that this book is not really for me, although I did enjoy reading it. Also, I read a paperback edition that does [...]

    11. Fascinating and thought provokiingReally enjoyed the book and the story telling style, as a "Celt" , emotionally I kept hoping the case could be made and it was , just not in the way I expected .

    12. Who are the Celts? Alice Roberts crosses Europe searching for clues and outlines new theories on how Celtic language and culture originated and spread.

    13. Largely interesting. A lot of threads are tied together, some tighter than others. Many disciplines are used for a new theory on the origin of the Celts to be provided.

    14. Great informative book, but the last couple of chapters seemed to go round in aimless circles - the whole thing could have been wrapped up earlier.

    15. A new insightMy own interest in the Celts came as the equivalent of an electric shock in the mid seventies on listening to a Planxty album. It was unlike any music I had ever heard and 'sparked' a life long interest in Gaelic Ireland where some of my recent ancestors came from at the end of the C19th. This exploration of the Celts by Alice Roberts gives a new and plausible if not definitive view of who they and perhaps in part I may have been. It also allows for a great Celtic tradition of weavi [...]

    16. A subject I'm deeply interested in, it's great to read, finally, the growing theory of Celtic culture(s) coming from both the Atlantic fringe and mid-Europe. How easy history would be to read if we could segregate and pinpoint peoples in time. Alas, we can only keep searching for the best answers, and this book from a popular TV personality is late coming, but welcome. In a way, I've been waiting for a while to find this kind of information in a mainstream book. I've also watched the documentari [...]

    17. This is a really good book. Very easy to read and full of new ideas and archaeological discoveries. it is very accessible and anyone from novice to professor should enjoy it. i found it fascinating that the new linguistic discoveries in Portugal may indicate that the Celtic languages originated on the western atlantic coast in the Neolithic age and moved east. its inspired me to look more closely at these new discoveries and upgrade my knowledge in regard of the Celts.

    18. Follows the beats of the TV series but I think it would also work well as a standalone. Good mix of historiography and archeology and the style echoes Robert's presenting, so I found it really readable. Prof. Roberts also made a point of laying out the evidence, weighing opposing theories, and being clear about her own speculation.

    19. Interesting and persuasive writing on the theory that the Celts originated on the Atlantic fringe of Europe rather than in the middle of the continent. The descriptions of new discoveries and new techniques helping archaeologists are fascinating.

    20. This is such an interesting book and easy to read. I love Alice Roberts work. There were some great photos too. Loved to have seen more. Interesting to learn how one of the Celtic written languages came from the Iberian coast.

    21. This book was released to coincide with a documentary series about the Celts. Very accessible history book about their origins, language, customs, etc.

    22. A book that supports a new, revelatory theory.I spoke with the author once, a couple of years ago. About Neanderthals. Like you do.

    23. Very much for the Intellectual and it times it was quite heavy, certainly some interesting ideas about the Celtic people

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