The Celts

Uncovering the Mythic and Historic Origins of Western Culture
By (author) Jean Markale

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The Celts
Uncovering the Mythic and Historic Origins of Western Culture
By (author) Jean Markale

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Pages : 320

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892814138

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : April 01, 1993

Format : Paperback Book

One of the most comprehensive treatments of Celtic civilization ever written. While historians have tended to minimize the role of the Celts in comparison to the Romans, The Celts proclaims the Celtic peoples as the primary European precedent to the Greco-Roman hegemony, restoring this culture to its true importance in the development of European civilization.
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About The Celts

While historians have tended to accord the Celts a place of minor significance in comparison to the Romans, The Celts firmly aligns the Celtic peoples as the primary European precedent to the Greco-Roman hegemony, restoring this culture to its true importance in the development of European civilization. An expert in Celtic studies, Markale regards myth as a branch of history, and explores mythological material to reveal the culture that gave rise to it. The alternative historical vision that emerges is both convincing and exciting.

• One of the most comprehensive treatments of Celtic civilization ever written.

• A cornerstone of Western civilization and the major source of its social, political, and literary values, Celtic civilization occupied the whole of Western Europe for more than a millennium.

• Unlike the Middle Eastern forerunners of the Greco-Roman world, Celtic civilization is still alive today.

Table of Contents

Table of content


Maps

Introduction: Myth and History

1. The Submerged Town or the Celtic Myth of Origins
2. Who Were the Cimbri
3. Rome and Celtic Epic
4. Delphi and Celtic Adventure
5. The Celts Defeated
6. The History Of the Gaels
7. The Ancient Poetry Of Ireland
8. The Celtic Christian Church
9. Britain
10. The Britons and the Bretons
11. Taliesin and Druidism
12. Celtic Mythology

Conclusion

Bibliography
Notes
Index
Author Bio
Poet, philosopher, historian, and storyteller, Jean Markale has spent a lifetime researching Celtic civilizations. He is the author of forty books on pre-Christian societies, including Merlin, Women of the Celts, and King of the Celts.
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Book Praise

"A comprehensive study of European culture that traces the shamanic, mythical, and spiritual traditions of the Western world to their roots in Celtic civilization."

Parabola

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HISTORY / MYTHOLOGY

A cornerstone of western civilization and the major source of its social, political, and literary values, Celtic civilization occupied the whole of western Europe for more than a millenium and, unlike the Middle Eastern forerunners of the Greco-Roman world, is still alive today. Historians have tended to accord the Celts a place of minor significance in comparison to the Romans when, in fact, the shamanic, mythical, and spiritual traditions of the Western world have their roots in Celtic culture. Regarding myth as an indispensable branch of history, Markale has thoroughly explored Celtic mythology to reveal the culture that gave rise to it. The Celts, one of the most comprehensive treatments of this subject ever written, firmly aligns the Celtic peoples as the primary European precursor to Greco-Roman sovereignty, restoring Celtic culture to its true importance in the development of European civilization. The new historical vision that emerges is both convincing and exciting.

Poet, philosopher, historian, and storyteller, JEAN MARKALE has spent a lifetime researching Celtic civilizations. He is the author of numerous books on pre-Christian peoples, including Women of the Celts. In his works, Markale combines the poetic and philosophical with the scholarly to offer an alternative approach to the Celtic legacy.

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