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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; New edition edition (15 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500279756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500279755
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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This is a very useful dictionary guide to what we definitely know about Celtic myth, legend, and relevant archaeology in Britain and continental Europe. This book will be most useful to people studying related areas needing to refer quickly to particular motifs, as the articles, though good summaries, are never exhaustive.

This is not a dictionary of speculative knowledge: it does not endeavour to uncover the antecedents of literary elements in the Mabinogion or Arthur cycle, though it does reference them.
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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2003
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Professor Green is a world renowned academic, "working" archaeologist and prolific author. She is also, more importantly, a gifted writer with an enthusiasm and love for her subject that cannot fail to impress any that read her books.
Her depth of knowledge, her years of research and her keeness for detail are all evident, yet again, in Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend.
This book is an excellent companion to any work on the Celtic world, its legends and myths, and one that i recommend to any person who is interested in the subject, whether scholar, student or interested "layman".
The book covers everything from Gods and warriors to graves and goblets, and every other page has black and white photograhs to illustrate the subjects covered.
Celtic history is littered with "strange" names, places and events all of which can become a confusing and time consuming chore to decipher. Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend is the perfect "code breaker" for this historic enigma.
I for one, will be buying more of Miranda Green's books and strongly urge you to do the same.
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Frankly, I think that the book is perhaps incorrectly titled, or could use a rewrite with some serious additions. Miranda Green is a professor of Archaeology, not Celtic Mythology, and I was looking for a specialist breakdown of Celtic mythology, legend and folklore. All that I desired was a fast, reliable break down of the Lebor Gabála Érenn and the Mabinogion for research purposes, to be honest Miranda Green's, 'Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend' did not suit 'my' purposes really.
It is a very good book if you are looking for a phenomenal quantity of illustrations and photographs of ancient Celtic sites, museum pieces, bog bodies and items such as the Gundestrup Cauldron. It is well researched and put together. As noted above Miranda Green is a highly qualified academic and has been interviewed for television documentaries including the bog bodies. She knows her stuff! And her approach to understanding Roman, Greek and Celtic ancient gods is recognisably structured and intelligent.
For me, there was no where enough myth or legend.
For example, I was looking for information on Donn, the god of the dead; like many people I had him confused with Donn Fierna of Knockfierna mountain in County Limerick. Green's entry for Donn is interesting, she recognises the affinity with Dispater the Roman lord of the dead, but does not state that there is any confusion with Donn Fierna, the faery king of Knockfierna. There also seems to be a link between Donn the Milesian god of the dead (IRL), and Arawn lord of the united Otherworld (Wales) in certain circles it is said that Arawn was also known as Donn; in Irish, the word donn means brown; Arawn said to be brown skinned, again not discussed, nor dismissed. There is no entry under leprechauns; but there's a huge history dating back to the Lebor Gabála Érenn. That's just two topics that could have been fleshed out further for an updated version.
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I found this book very interesting indeed, and I liked the glossary/dictionary format in which it was laid out. There are many photographs too, to illustrate the ideas the author discussed. A definately scholarly source book for those with an interest in the Celtic traditions and symbolism.
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