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The Ancient World of the Celts Hardcover – 23 Nov 1998

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  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (23 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760717168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0094787209
  • ASIN: 0094787204
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 21.3 x 6.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,815,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Galer on 30 May 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am going to have to split this review into two: style and content. Physically this is a wonderful book, really first class, from its matt-black dust sleeve, its reassuring weight, its very thick paper and sumptuous colour photographs placed centrally on the page. This book reeks of quality. I still enjoy dipping into a now and then to look at the pictures and skim the text. However... this is a coffee table book and not a scholarly text and you have to decide which you want. Ellis is well qualified, but there is no bibliography, no references and the "suggestions of further reading" are mainly more of Ellis' work. The content is adequate enough, though with quite an emphasis on etymology, which is distracting for this type of book. If you know only vague things about the Celts, the splendour of the book captures the spirit of the glorious Celts and you will be hooked. If you know a lot already, it may not add enough to your knowledge to be satisfying. It is still a book I like to keep around, despite the fact that I have marked it down for the reasons above.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great overview and starting point for serious study 27 Jan 2011
By Sherman A. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Ancient World of the Celts: An Illustrated Account (Celtic Interest)

I have a stack of books on the Celts two feet high, accumulated over a 50 year period, and this is one of the best. If you want to know about ancient Celtic history, culture, and just about anything relating to the Celts this book will give you a terrific detailed overview with great easy-to-read text interspersed with photographs. While other books might delve into more academic archeological aspects, this book is a condensation, summarizing the salient findings of generations of researchers, tying it all together. It is interesting, well organized, and a great starting point for more serious detailed study.
Five Stars 19 Dec 2014
By Gretchen Gagos - Published on Amazon.com
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The book arrived beautifully packaged. It was in great condition and was an enjoyable read!
14 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Absurd 2 Dec 2003
By Ken Braithwaite - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an absurd book, not a piece of scholarship. Examples: he argues that oral tradition is as reliable as written records, argues that Celts could not have had a patrilineal descent kingship (as does England) because they had on rare occassions Queens (as does England!), defines Celts as a linguistic group but discusses them as a racial group, ...
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