Ancient Europe

Guess what… I’m still working on my paper! And even better, I’m still slacking off by posting in my LJ. Clearly, I win…

In studying Breton, I’ve had to do some reading on the Celts. I’m really annoyed by the fact that none of my historical education taught me about the ancient Celts, beyond referring to the barbaric tribes of Britain. I had no idea that the Celts spread westward across Europe, ending up in Britain, or that the Gauls were a Celtic tribe.

The basic problem is, in terms of Bronze Age and Iron Age history, we only learned about Civilization, namely, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the kingdoms of the fertile crescent, and the Romans. Certainly, they did a better job of building lasting monuments and artifacts for modern-day archaeologists to find, but there is a ton of information out there about the Iron Age Germanic and Celtic tribes. We learned nothing about them, other than when one of them sacked Rome, or something like that. Grarr.

I blame the classicists.

The Return Of The King (Featuring Sir Jame Galway, Viggo Mortensen And Renée Fleming)” from The Lord Of The Rings – The Return Of The King by Howard Shore

2 comments on “Ancient Europe
  1. flammifera says:

    You should read some of Morgan Llyweln’s books, like The Horse Goddess, which is about the Celts while they were still in eastern Europe. Mini-Matt recommended her to me the summer before we started Swat, and she writes good historical novels, both about Irish heroes and earlier Celts.

    But if you stopped blaming the classicists, you’d at least learn real languages. :-P

  2. allecto says:

    *whistles innocently*

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