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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

The Celts - BBC Series Ep 1 - "In the Beginning"

Celtic Religion in Pre-Christian Times
By Edward Anwyl, M. A. (1906) (pdf)
The Ancient Celts
By Barry Cuncliffe (1999)

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