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THE CELTS is the 2000-year epic story of the North European civilization that rivaled Greece and Rome for richness, diversity and power. Originating with fierce naked warriors who collected enemy heads as war trophies, the Celts eventually made their influence felt from the Middle East to the Atlantic, bringing with them a unique culture and mythology, and a style of art cTHE CELTS is the 2000-year epic story of the North European civilization that rivaled Greece and Rome for richness, diversity and power. Originating with fierce naked warriors who collected enemy heads as war trophies, the Celts eventually made their influence felt from the Middle East to the Atlantic, bringing with them a unique culture and mythology, and a style of art considered the greatest achievement north of the Alps after the Ice Age. The Romans called them "furor celticus" and at the height of their empire Ankara, Cologne, Belgrade and Milan all spoke Celtish. THE CELTS is the remarkable story of our North European cultural ancestors, whose language is still spoken by more than two million people in Brittany, Scotland, Ireland and Wales....

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Number of Pages : 312 Pages
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The Celts Reviews

  • Gabriel Vidrine
    2019-05-24 19:20

    This book was a major letdown, and I did not read it all. First of all, through the first three chapters or so, I kept wondering when the book would be about the Celts. There was a chapter about Romans, another one on Greeks, and then another one apparently about Atlantis, but there really wasn't much on Atlantis in there anyway. Sure, I know that the Romans' and the Celts' history are intertwined. But I have to say that I really don't care how the Romans think the Celts lived. I want to know what archaeologists have to say about how the Celts lived. This book wasn't it.That and some of the paragraphs made no sense. One reviewer mentioned that it seemed as though the book had been badly translated from another language, and that accurately describes my impression. In one paragraph, the author starts to talk about sacred cows, wanders off into the origin of the word "Alp" and then mentions something about the "profane" use of cattle (which by the structure of the paragraph would mean that it had something to do with the word "Alp," but since that wasn't explained, it's hard to tell). And what would that be? I have an idea, was never explained in that paragraph or any of the following ones. This author needs a better editor.

  • Reinhold
    2019-05-16 14:35

    So interessant kann Geschichtsunterricht seinDie Kelten haben die europäische Geschichte entscheidend mitbestimmt - schließlich haben sie einst sogar Rom erobert - dennoch ist das Wissen über diese Volk sehr lückenhaft - das liegt wohl daran, dass Geschichte immer schon von Siegern geschrieben wurde. Dennoch gelingt es Gerhard Herm mit diesem Werk, das Volk wieder erstehen zu lassen und uns sehr viel scheinbar verlorenes Wissen wieder zu vermitteln.Herm lässt kaum ein Thema aus. So schreibt er über Theorien über die Herkunft der Kelten, über deren Sozialsystem, über ihre Kriege, ihre Kunst, ihren Beitrag zur europäischen Entwicklung, ihr Leben auf den britischen Inseln und da dürfen dann natürlich Artus und Merlin auch nicht fehlen.Die ausgezeichnete Recherche allein reicht aber natürlich nicht um sich fünf Sterne zu verdienen - dazu ist es auch nötig den Stoff interessant und kurzweilig aufzubereiten. Genau dies allerdings gelingt dem Autor ausgezeichnet. In einem wunderbar packenden Stil werden Fakten präsentiert, ohne jemals trocken oder gar unverständlich zu werden. Wenn Sie schon immer etwas über die Kelten erfahren wollten, dann ist dieses wohl das Buch der Wahl.

  • Joe White
    2019-05-18 11:09

    This is not a rigorous archeological investigation of a culture or people. The author relies on literary sources, particularly Roman ones, to relate how external cultures perceived various Celtic groups. There appear to be good maps, but the author doesn't tie any investigation by historical sequence to the maps presented.As opposed to more recent in depth analysis of Norse and Viking culture, where elements that constituted a lifestyle are presented in a context where those elements expand to the translation of a community and then governmental group, complete with trade rules, routes, merchandise, equipment, and time span within the encompassing external cultures, this book goes to glimpses from the external cultures to give snapshot impressions of the people (Celts) being investigated.The information is presented as chapters which deal with disparate and unconnected information regarding regions and time spans. There is no effort to tie all the information together. Because of the method of subject treatment, there is no smooth chronology. This entire works appears to be scrapings from other research or from literary sagas/myths, where this author is just passing glimpses along.Since I'm at a loss to fully describe my disappointment with this work, I'll have to use an analogy. Suppose that you are studying to be a vet and are particularly interested in the giraffe. You might expect a volume of work concerning the animal to give you various statistics such as bone structure, body mass density, blood pressure, feeding habits, mating and reproductive characteristics, range over time, subspecies variations, etc. Picture instead a work that gives you a narrative view of an entire zoological safari, in which the giraffe is only seen through interactions with the other animals, and in which the animal namings and residence areas obscure the storyline of what is seen and told of the giraffe. Nearly all direct references to the subject come from literary stories and not from actual first hand on site physical presence.

  • Todd Price
    2019-05-15 18:07

    I in no way possess any substantial knowledge of ancient history. A working knowledge, but no expertise. I am certain that to a Celtic historical/anthropological/archaeological expert, this book would be about as basic as "The American Revolution for Dummies" would be to an early American historian. However, for the novice, or even the "curious", I think this is an excellent introduction to the Celtic people. As a culture, they seem mysterious, and are greatly misunderstood, mostly owing to the lack of written records. Herm's writing style was not the most readable, but I suppose this was originally written in Deutsch, meaning that something was sure to be lost in translation. Overall, an interesting read for someone just becoming acquainted with Celtic culture and history.

  • Scott
    2019-05-11 17:15

    Mr. Herm is German, and a professional documentary film maker. He tells an intriguing tale of a Indo-European people called the Celts, closely related to the Italians. The Celt set of languages was also closely related to Latin, and the Celt history was one of constant expansion, and forced migration. Ultimately though, this book is flawed, because no one speaks for the Celt except the Celtic enemy. Because the Celts maintained all their governance, history and religion in a spoken language, their culture is essentially lost to us. What remains are Roman accounts of the Celts, and this is a book about Roman campaigns against the Celts. Blow this one off unless you're doing research out of the library.

  • Heather
    2019-05-16 15:05

    I learned so much from reading this book. The writing style is quite a bit denser than the pop-culturish history books written these days to please the masses - but as opposed to that genre, you actually learn something when you read this book. Lots of things. I would've given it five stars, but it lended almost to the too-dense side. Some specific problems included: not understanding the place name references (he'd use province names or old place names that unless you were a historian or devotee of geography you would not know), not explicitly tying things together enough (with historical groups of people and directly how they relate - perhaps a table would've helped), and cumbersome writing (at times I thought it seemed translated - awkwardly).

  • Michael
    2019-04-25 16:08

    Though I'm sure that some of the theories about the development of Celtic culture are outdated and perhaps disproved (as this book was published in 1975), it is still a great introduction not just to the study of this one culture, but also to the study of ancient Europe as well. I thoroughly enjoyed its dissection of ancient history, despite its lackluster finish of a half-hearted discussion of Irish missionaries and the Arthurian legend.

  • H.L. Stephens
    2019-05-08 11:34

    This book had such a comprehensive and visual description of the Celtic people in the light of history, especially in their campaigns in Italy and Europe. I learned aspects of their conquests I never could have imagined. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning more about this forgotten people.

  • Velveeta
    2019-04-27 14:06

    excellent and very readable resource for those interested in the early history of the celts. this is a historical and academic study, not a new age 'how to' book.highly recommended for those who are seriously interested in the true celts and not the bastardized version of them.

  • Curt Hopkins Hopkins
    2019-04-24 13:27

    Hey, when do you stop reading a book on the Celts? Give up? When the author starts gibbering on about Atlantis!

  • Don
    2019-05-18 19:15

    I read this a long time ago in a galaxy far away. My first vision of the celts, and this book set the stage for my way of looking at the Dorian Greeks, who were probably celts.

  • Tom
    2019-05-01 13:14

    This book is interestingly constructed, incorporating, especially in the later chapters, a great deal of myth and speculation (indeed, speculative fiction) from post-Celtic European literature, while attempting with some success to ground it all in historical writings from the time of the early groups of Celtic-speakers and throughout their development and expansion and eventual decline. It raises a skeptical eyebrow on numerous occasions; but, overall, it fascinates, informs, and whets the appetite for further study of this complex and mysterious people.

  • Paul Mcbride
    2019-04-29 18:07

    I enjoyed this book even though it was not what I thought it would be. The author uses philology (which makes sense, being that the Celts are more a linguistic grouping) with points highlighted through archaeological finds and historic texts. Some parts seemed a tad assumptive and the links made may seem strenuous but the case is laid out well, considering what the purpose of the book is.

  • Maya
    2019-04-29 19:18

    I found the book a bit too flowery, and at the same time too confusing for the beginner. The author chose moments in the history of the Celts to talk about, then he talks about history chronologically only to go back to choosing moments.

  • Palomablue
    2019-05-18 19:23

    A curiously unenlightening story of the Celts filled with speculations, spurious linkages, and a dearth of footnotes or proof for assertions which appeared, at the time I read it (1981), to go against prevailing information, but not compelling supportive arguments.

  • George
    2019-05-06 11:18

    Although some of the theories presented are out dated, I still found this to be very educational and a good book for anyone interested in Celtic studies.

  • Davide
    2019-05-24 19:20

    non l'ho letto tutto.Narra la storia del popolo dei celti partendo dagli incontri con i romani e i greci e proseguendo con la preistoria, parte molto meno interessante.

  • Maurice Halton
    2019-05-12 13:19

    A most complete and comprehensive study of European ethnic history. Don't lend your copy - I did and I never got it back. Such a spell-binding narrative.

  • Fred V Provoncha
    2019-05-10 15:16

    Want to know how Europe began? Read this book...fvp

  • Mike
    2019-05-21 11:12

    This'll teach me to wander through the Strand with a credit card. Still reading, but so far so interesting.

  • Brett Bydairk
    2019-05-10 12:14

    A bit dry, but an informative history of the people, also known as Gauls.