The civilization of the Celts

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The first Celts seen by the Greeks and Romans in Gaul impressed them as men of gigantic stature, their hair swept up on top of their head, yet of delicate complexion. they were extremely impetuous, and tired quickly. In fact, all the barbarians of northwest Europe - Cimbrians, Germans and Sueves - were seen in these traditional terms. It is only in the writings of Virgil that one finds references to the golden hair and the milk-white necks of the Gauls who took Rome. Their unreasoning pride even led them to fight the elements. They sometimes charged, fully armed, at the waves which threatened to flood their encampments; they would readily brave the dangers of fire and would have regarded it as an affront to their honor to run away from a collapsing wall or building. Besides the chiefs, the most important men in Celtic communities were the bards and the druids. When intoning their songs of praise or reproach, the bards accompanied themselves on instruments like lyres. The religious functions of the druids mainly involved attendance at ceremonies, while they were also responsible for the conduct of sacrifices, both public and private. Fortune-telling was one of the arts practiced by the druids. Sacrifices were often human. According to Strabo, the victim was stabbed in the back with a saber; the future was then forecast on the basis of his convulsions; sometimes the victim was shot to death with arrows, crucified in the temples or burnt alive inside a huge wooden effigy, which also contained cattle and other animals. In this book, the reader will find a host of fascinating details about these peoples, which constitute the original stock from which most Westerners are descended.

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Georges Dottin
Published by Crescent Books (1970)
ISBN 10: 0517309238 ISBN 13: 9780517309230
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