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The Greatness and Decline of the Celts
By Henri Hubert (1934)


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  • Foreword
    (By Henri Berr). The Celtic Genius

PART ONE - Celtic Expansion in the La Tène Period

PART TWO - The End of the Celtic World

  • The Romans in Italy, Spain, and Gaul
    I. The Completion of the Roman Conquest of Italy and Spain. II. The Conquest of Gaul. III. The Romanization of Gaul. IV. The Celts of the Danube.

  • The Romans in Britain
    I. Britain before its Romanization. II. The Roman Conquest. III. The Army of Britain. Arthur.

  • The End of Celtic Britain and Ireland. Saxons, Scots and Norsemen
    I. The Germanic Invasions. II. The Occupation of Brittany. III. The Independent Celts of Scotland and Ireland. IV. The Inroads of the Scots. V. The Scots in Scotland. VI. Christian Ireland to the Scandinavian Invasions. VII. The Scandinavian Invasions. VIII. The Wars of Independence; 1. Wales; 2. Scotland; 3. Ireland. IX. Conclusion of this History.

PART THREE - The Civilization of the Celts

  • The Objects and Method of a Sociological Study of the Celts
    I. The Bases of a Comparative Study of Celtic Civilization. II. The Solidarity of the Celtic Societies. The Action of the Druids. III. Celtic Societies and Indo-European Societies. The Celts and the Indo-European World. IV. Celtic Societies and more Primitive Societies. Practices dating from before the Formation of the Indo-European Group; 1. Head-hunting; 2. Blood-covenant; 3. Potlach.

  • The Structure of Society. Legal and Political Institutions
    I. The Segmentary Character of Celtic Society and the Politico-Domestic Character of its Institutions. II. The Divisions of Society; 1. The Tribe; 2. The Clan; 3. The Family; 4. Marriage and Descent; 5. Extensions of the Family; 6. Inheritance; 7. Floating Elements. III. The Land and Ownership; 1. Causes of the Formation of a Landed Aristocracy; 2. The System of Agriculture. IV. Penal Law. V. Political Institutions; 1. The King and the Evolution of Kingship; 2. Public Bodies and Assemblies; 3. The Nation; 4. The Army; 5. The Nation. Relations of the Celtic Peoples. The Celtic Empire.

  • The Structure of Society (continued). - The Religion of the Druids and the Druidic Priesthood
    I. The Druidic Priesthood a Pan-Celtic Institution. II. The Character and Working of the Druidic Priesthood. III. The Druids and other Indo-European Brotherhoods. IV. What Celtic Religion owed to Druidism. V. The Unity of the Celtic Religions. VI. Stages of the Celtic Religions. VII. Politico-Domestic Organization and Hero-worship. VIII. Festivals. IX. How Religion Developed. X. Ritual. XI. Representations of the Gods. XII. Mythology.

  • The Setting of Social Life
    I. Space: Fields, Dwellings, and Distribution of the Population. II. Time and Number. Social Activities I. Economic Life. The Coins of Gaul. II. Crafts. III. Art. IV. Literature. V. A Picture of Celtic Life. The Morality of Honour. Conclusion. The Heritage of the Celts

  • Bibliography


  • Cisalpine Gaul

  • The Celts of the Danube

  • Gaul

A History of Celtic Britain - Age Of Series HD (full)
(3 hr 55 mins)

Age of Iron.
Neil Oliver continues his epic story of how Britain and its people came to be. Diving for 3,000-year-old treasure and pot-holing through an ancient copper mine, he discovers how a golden age of bronze collapsed into social and economic crisis set against a period of sharp climate change and would eventually be replaced by a new era, of iron.

Age of Warriors.
Continuing his journey into our ancient past, Neil Oliver explores the age of Celtic Britain - a time of warriors, druids, and kings of unimaginable wealth. Neil encounters a celebrated warrior from 300 BC, owner of the finest Iron Age sword ever discovered. He tries his hand at divination in an effort to discover the power of Celtic priests and searches into his own DNA for clues to Celtic identity.

Age of Invasion.
Continuing his epic story, Neil Oliver explores the remains of brutal Iron Age battles and Celtic rebellion as he reaches the moment when Celtic Britain was ripped apart by the world's great empire - Rome.

Age of Romans.
Neil Oliver completes his epic journey through thousands of years of ancient history with the modern marvels of Rome. He digs beneath a London tower block, discovers building work from a massive stadium, and encounters the remains of an African woman who lived in York 1800 years ago - all evidence of the extraordinary multicultural modern world of Rome.

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