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The Celts: Uncovering the Mythic and Historic Origins of Western Culture

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HISTORY / MYTHOLOGYA 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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A paper edition of the 1978 Celtic Civilization, first published in French in 1976. Markale, best known for his Celtic Women, delves into the mythological underpinning of Celtic civilization, showing how it impacted the people's history (or at least their account of it) and argues that it has influenced modern Europe much more than scholars admit. Unfortunately, the latter chapters degenerate into dreary comparisons based on Dumezil. Available from Inner Traditions, One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767.
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Synopsis:

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 Celtsproclaims 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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892814138
Author:
Markale, Jean
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Location:
Rochester, Vt. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Celts
Subject:
Civilization, celtic
Subject:
World History-European History General
Subject:
Celtic Studies
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
no.9
Publication Date:
19930431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.1 in 14.595 oz

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Product details 320 pages Inner Traditions International - English 9780892814138 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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 Celtsproclaims 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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