Origins, Myths and Inventions

256pp 87 ILLUS 2003 LIST PRICE: £19.99 (P) G258



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The origins of the term 'Celt' lie with a small number of classical authors whose writings have been transmitted, transposed and manipulated throughout the centuries to bring us to the present complex and confused situation. So what is a Celt? This contribution from one of Britain's leading authorities on the Iron Age presents a refreshing approach to the question, reviewing and critiquing past beliefs, assumptions, interpretations and theories. Collis re-evaluates the term 'Celt' as advanced by ancient authors, through to those of present-day archaeologists. In rejecting most if not all modern theories and approaches put forward in general books on the Celts, he argues that these have been overtly influenced by the failings, biases and deliberate manipulation of evidence by generations of early modern scholarship and politics.