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Miti celtici (The Legendary Past)

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Elementi essenziali della maggior parte delle culture umane, i miti, ossia le narrazioni sacre che descrivono le imprese degli dei e degli eroi, hanno sempre avuto un'importanza fondamentale nella storia delle più diverse civiltà. Questo volumetto intende offrire al lettore una breve narrazione dei miti più importanti ed originali espressi dai popoli del Nord-Europa.
Paperback, Piccoli saggi #34, 160 pages
Published January 1994 by Mondadori (first published 1993)
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In my opinion, this book works as a basic introduction to Celtic culture and Irish and Welsh myths, and I found it easy to read. The structure is a little bit chaotic at times, though, and there are a smallish handful of potential typos/dubious claims in it as well, especially in the introduction (such as equating 'the people of Gaul' with the whole of Celtic Europe).

Regarding one of my favourite themes -feminism and the treatment of female characters -, the author uses 'men and women' an
Nov 13, 2016 Ella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a little bit disorganized - it reads more as a descriptive collection than a linear narrative of Celtic myth-making, but the stories (and the enthusiasm and fondness with which the author tells them) are so much fun that I don't really care.
Miranda Aldhouse-Green provides a basic guide to Celtic mythology and folklore, focusing particularly on Irish and Welsh myths. The difficulties in such a study are made abundantly clear: evidence for this mythology is fragmentary, sourced either from the rare archaeological find and the Medieval manuscripts that transcribed the myths, diluting the pagan themes and elements due to the prevalence of Christianity and it's disapproval of other religions, particularly pagan ones.

The Celtic Myths is
Dec 10, 2014 Tawney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book compliments of Thames & Hudson through the Goodreads First Reads program.

Since the Celtic peoples of Ireland and Wales left no written records the sources for their myths are fragmentary. There is physical evidence in grave goods and other archaeological findings. Caesar and other Romans made observations about the Gauls and some of these corroborate the myths. The written sources of the myths themselves come from Christian scholars and monks who recorded them hundreds o
Mar 19, 2015 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and interesting but the order of the book was confusing and hard to follow. Also presented the myths as being a lot more coherent and mashable than they are, and explored more the possible ways that the myth figures were influenced by culture than focusing on the figures themselves- to the point where I knew next to nothing about the figures or the myths but a ton about how they did or did not work with Christianity, which is a deeply flawed and biased way of tackling a rich set of myt ...more
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May 25, 2016 Alejandra Armitage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Really interesting, but I sometimes wished some of the theories suggested had been backed up by more evidence. Sometimes I had the impression that assumptions were being made, and while I understand that the archaeological body of evidence is limited, I would have hoped at least for some reasoning behind certain claims.
Jul 17, 2009 Pedro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good book specially for beginers. I guess Green's only fault is that she makes the book too "descriptive". That makes it a little bit boring if you already know the Early Irish and Welsh texts and sagas.
Jan 01, 2016 Ross rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very basic info, but not really that compelling. Thought we'd get more into the stories themselves. Instead, the book felt like it was trying to be too scholarly while not actually getting to that level.
Jan 13, 2009 Ilze rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although it was all rather interesting, I was really hoping for some more information about the Celts' beliefs about (and in) trees. The archeological stuff wasn't really what I was looking for.
May 14, 2016 Jantine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost of in-depth background information to situate the myths in their historical context, which I didn't expect but liked anyway.
Definitely not a scholarly text, but a good introduction to the Celtic belief systems. Appropriate for younger people (like I was when I bought the book about 15 years ago).
Apr 19, 2009 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Please check out my review on my blog: Celtic Myths
Peter Mcloughlin
Have yet to find a book on Celtic Mythology that I can get into. There must be an author out there who can make it compelling. I have yet to find one.
Apr 19, 2009 Ruby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. The writer took great pains to explain the myths and bring details that showed the commonalities between Celtic, Greek, and Roman mythology.
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Miranda Green was born in London and educated at Greycoat Hospital, Westminster. She took an Honours degree at University College, Cardiff and an M. Litt. at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She gained a research scholarship at the Open University and was awarded a doctorate in 1981 for her thesis on Romano-Celtic sun-symbolism. She has received research awards from the Society of Antiquities of London ...more
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