Summary

The Celts are one of the most well-known groups in Europe and one of the least understood. Depending on which classifications are used, the Celts are also one of the oldest civilizations in Europe. In the centuries before Christ, the Celts were spread out across much of continental Europe, and though they are mostly identified with Gaul, evidence suggests they also spread as far as Portugal. Though they were spread out across Europe before the height of the Roman Empire, most people associate the Celts with the British Isles today, particularly Ireland and Scotland. After they had been relegated to those smaller regions as a result of the Romans and other migrations, the culture of the Celts as it is currently understood began to congeal during the Early Middle Ages, and Celtic culture, folklore, and legend have all become inextricably intertwined with Irish history and British history as a whole.
Historically, Celtic cultures differ from their English and French neighbors in a number of ways, including social organization, language, values and economic systems, but one of the most captivating of these has always been their myths. Celtic Myths, which can be read in translation without needing special training in grammar, are more accessible than the Celtic languages, and unlike the other distinctive features that have faded over the centuries, myths still have their immediacy and power when read today. While much has undoubtedly been lost from the ancient Celts over time, medieval manuscripts help scholars understand how Celtic myths have reached the form they have today. Like many ancient belief systems, Celtic mythology shares Indo-European roots, meaning Celtic beliefs have cousins in related societies like the Norse, Greeks, Romans and Slavs, with a foundation of shared mythmaking that goes back several millennia.
©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors
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3 out of 5 stars
By Nik on 30-06-17

Not any of the myths

if you are looking for the actually stories/ myths of the ancient Celts then this isn't the one to get.
It was a history of the Celts and origins of the language and where they were from etc. Was still a pretty good listen!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 21-01-17

An average attempt!

Rather sadly in true American fashion the book contains small but damaging errors. I say damaging because students and American pagans then go on to expand on these inaccuracies causing even more erroneous confusion and arguments in future research! Sadly this subject has suffered a lot of misleading information sadly most from the US. There are errors in pronunciation of most names. This aside, if you know the pitfalls and mistakes, the book is fair but if you don't know the subject find a book of more academic research and authority.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Shilo Flowers on 05-02-16

not what it seems

I thought it was going to be about Celtic mythology, but it was more of a broken history of the Celtic peoples. it only very briefly touched on the religion, no telling of any stories.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By D. Smith on 30-08-15

Boring

What would have made Celtic Mythology and the Religion of the Ancient Celts better?

If they had included more mythology information.

Has Celtic Mythology and the Religion of the Ancient Celts turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. Too much analyzing of early languages and not enough interesting facts.

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