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Daily Life of the Pagan Celts

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
This publication reveals that the Celts were not merely a collection of barbaric tribes but that their civilization compared favourably with those of other ancient civilizations. The detail of the book includes political and social groups, domestic and family life, social hierarchies, housing, food, clothing, religion, superstition, mythology and legend, poetry, warfare ...more
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Greenwood World Publishing (first published December 30th 2008)
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Danielle Morency
Apr 12, 2014 Danielle Morency rated it liked it
The information was good, and at times extensive. Would have been better if the illustrations and photos were included on the page they were referenced to, or as a footnote, ie, see photo on pg... etc. Because the subject encompasses a vast area, there wasn't too much in depth discussion of certain tribes or regions. Really would have liked to read a more thorough discussion of their religious beliefs and everyday life. Most interesting fact I learned was in the introduction; the Celts were ...more
Adam A
Sep 02, 2013 Adam A rated it liked it
Took a bit to power through this book as it read more like a series of encyclopedia entries (very dry) than a literate examination of the Celts, but Alcock does a pretty good job of cobbling together the sparse evidence we have, as well as omitting the irrelevant.

Part of the problem is that the Celts kept only oral traditions for much of their life-cycle in history, so that we're forced to rely on the reporters of the day, many of whom regarded the Celts with withering disdain. That the few bits
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Gina Pucci
Oct 21, 2013 Gina Pucci rated it liked it
I read this book purely to satisfy my own curiosity and found it a fairly interesting and accessible introduction to the subject.I particularly liked the way the author examined Irish and Welsh literature in order to illuminate the culture that created it. My major complaint is that the text was not very well edited, which I found extremely distracting.
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Joan Pilsbury Alcock is an archeologist and historian and an Honorary Fellow of London South Bank University and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. She is the author of Life in Roman Britain (1996) and Food in Roman Britain (2001), among other works.
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