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The Gods of the Celts [Paperback]

Miranda Green
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11 May 2011
This is a fascinating book about the Celts and their religion, which covers all aspects of the gods, ritual customs, cult-objects and sacred places of the ancient Celtic peoples.

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing; New Ed edition (11 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750934794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750934794
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An excellent detailed survey by one of our leading authorities on Celtic religion . . . an important contribution." --"Antiquaries' Journal"

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MIRANDA GREEN is Professor of Archaeology at Cardiff University.

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After taking the trouble to write a long, rambling introduction explaining where the Celts possibly originated, once in the main text the author uses archaeological and architectural jargon without bothering to explain its meaning. There is no glossary, so have a dictionary handy when you read this book. Other authors are discussed with the assumption that you are familiar with their work, so it reads like a text book to accompany an explanatory course. The photos are disappointingly all in monochrome and without any indication of the size of the objects shown. The only colour picture is the front cover which is without caption - you have to plough through the text to find out what it is. A dreadful waste of a fascinating subject.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for the serious student, but analysis maybe weak. 13 Jun 1999
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The book is loaded with archeological data and illustrations. It also reveals the confusing plethora of local pantheons that seem to be a major featue of Celtic Religion. Unfortunatly, Green rigidly applies the sky god/earth god dichotomy originally proposed and heavily debated for the Greek pantheon. Though she admits to puzzling inconsistancies this causes in her interpretations she does not apply other material already known about the Celtic faith to resolve the problems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2001 Reprint does not have the 1986 References section 5 Feb 2012
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I purchased this book after using my campus' 1986 hardback copy so many times that I might as well own it! I was disappointed with this 2001 reprint, however, when I realized the References section in the 1986 publication was lacking in the reprint.

I'm not sure if there's a specific term to describe Green's type of citation of sources in the 1986 publication, as it was the first time I'd come across such a unique system (references are to page and line where the ref. is found most often at the end of the cited line), but it was difficult to use and be certain with even then... and I can't even use the photocopied 1986 Reference pages to help with the 2001 publication to be certain I've got the correct citation since the page numbers and lines do not match up between the two.

So, just a heads up. If you're interested in just the topic itself it shouldn't bother you. But if you need citations - find the 1986 version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally what I was looking for 22 April 2013
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Most books on the Celts seemed to dedicate little more than a dozen pages or so to the known religious aspects and writings regarding the Celts. Ms. Green dedicates an entire book to it, discussing what (few) accounts/perceptions contemporary literates had (and their biases) as well as archaeological findings believed to be associated with Celtic beliefs/religion.
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