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Celts and the Classical World Paperback – 21 Oct 1996

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (21 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415150906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415150903
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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..."takes a valuable place beside the major compilations on the Celts published recently."
-The Journal of Indo-European Studies
"Professor Rankin's book does provide a thoroughly researched and clearly presented picture of those Celts who strayed into the classical world and of the fringe Celtic communities at the moment when they were overrun and assimilated by Rome. It will remain a standard work of reference for years to come."
-B. Cunliffe, "The Timer Higher Education Supplement
..."intriguing, wide-ranging and highly informative...Rankin's strength is his evidently wide, admiring and scholarly acquaintance with more recent Celtic mythology, ethnography and literature."
-Simon Hornblower "Times Literary Supplement
"The book is an absolute delight for those who are interested in ancient Celtic civilization. In fact, it is a long time since I have enjoyed a book in this field so thoroughly."
-Peter B. Ellis, "The Irish Democrat
"Rankin's work is stimulating, vexing and disturbing."
-J. F. Drinkwater, "The Classical Review

About the Author

David Rankin is Professor of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Southhampton.

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Format: Paperback
This scholarly book considers the impact of the Celts encountered by the Greek and Roman empires (i) as invaders, traders, or as subject peoples in opposition, and (ii) as members of the Roman empire, contributing to the economy and culture. Discussion includes the Celtic/Classical juncture at either edge of Europe - the Galatians and the Celtiberians; and the extent of Celts' preservation of their cultural heritage (including religious and matriarchal aspects) on the fringes of the Mediterranean empire's wax and wane. The book is thematically arranged, and has little narrative history content, but is written in a clear style, and makes an accessible and absorbing read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fills a real void 18 Oct. 2000
By absent_minded_prof - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a really helpful compilation of information pertaining to this topic. There's a lot of very shaky, pseudo-mystical scholarship about the Celts out there. This, however, is a book you can trust. If you're into the Celts, or if you're a classicist interested in broadening your knowledge base, you could do a lot worse than this book. Also, if you're looking for real information about the Celts, look for the website for the Institute for Advanced Studies in Dublin. They have a School of Celtic Studies there, and everything they print can be considered a legitimate, authoritative source of information. Also, if you do pick up this book, you'll be getting a stupendous bibliography for your money, which could easily constitute a guide to a lifetime of reading on this subject. Two thumbs up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important work 23 May 2005
By Hallstatt Prince - Published on
Format: Paperback
Some works on the Celts are almost pure archeology, others border on new age rubbish while still others use the writing of the classical Mediterranean authors whose works are not only full of contradictions but were written for the audience of the times they were written as a type of political propaganda. Rankin is a scholar who bridges these gaps and offers a level headed approach to the Celts who came in contact with the classical world. Authoritative and reliable.

A must for the Celtophile.
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