The Celts in Northern Italy

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:
The Celts in Northern Italy

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This chapter traces the history of the Celts in northern Italy. It describes archaeological evidence showing the complex relationship of co-operation and cohabitation between the Celts, the Etruscans, the Liguri and the Veneti and their respective cultures. Of particular note is the so-called Golasecca culture in the northern Italian lakes region north of Milan. The bearers of this culture clearly exercised an intermediary function between the Mediterranean south and the Celtic north, owing to their control of long-distance communication routes over the Alpine passes of St Bernard and St Gotthard. The discussion then turns to literary evidence and brief inscriptions that indicate the language of the Celts of northern Italy.

Keywords: Golasecca culture; archaeological evidence; literary evidence; language; inscriptions

Chapter.  2891 words. 

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

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