Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Celts and Europe

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:
Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Celts and Europe

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This chapter looks back and reflects on the problems of the modern term ‘Celtic’. It suggests that the present inflationary trend in the use of the adjective ‘Celtic’ is due firstly to a deliberately selective viewpoint, and secondly to widespread ignorance of the historical premises underlying the modern term ‘Celtic’, and of the Celtic languages and literatures. The objective contributions of the Celts to European culture as well as their subjective role in the minds of their neighbours are also considered.

Keywords: Celtic culture; Celtic language; history; European culture

Chapter.  1878 words. 

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

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