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Gaul before the Roman Conquest

Bernhard Maier

in The Celts

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780748616053
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672219 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616053.003.0005
Gaul before the Roman Conquest

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This article begins with a discussion of the rise of fortified centres, known in Anglo-Saxon and German archaeology as oppida. Like the princely centres of the sixth and fifth centuries bc, the oppida were mostly situated on high ground, on bends in rivers or in similarly protected places. They differ fundamentally, however, from all sites in earlier and later centuries in their great size, sometimes occupying several hundred hectares. The discussion then turns to late Celtic cults and rites, and the decline of the continental Celts.

Keywords: oppida; towns; fortified centres; Celts; Celtic cults; Celtic rites

Chapter.  7842 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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