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.