Pennick Nigel - The celtic cross

Author : Pennick Nigel
Title : The celtic cross An illustrated history and celebration
Year : 1997

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Introduction. THE CELTS. The Celtic tradition is one of the most recognizable elements of contemporary European culture, and it is also one of the mo t ancient. Celtic trad ition can trace it roots back over 2,700 years. The ancient Greeks gave the barbarian peoples who lived to the north of them the name K eltoi. Although the e central European Celts were not a genetically cohe rent ethnic group, or a political u nion, nevertheless they formed a specific, recogni zable culture, with shared elements oflanguage, religious beliefs and arti tic outlook. Around 650 BCE, the Celts were influenced by Greek and Etruscan culture, and, by adding and adapting these elements to the Hall tatt culture, the characteristically Celtic style of art came into being. T he first recogni za bly Celtic civili zation emerged around 500 BCE in northeast France and the middle Rhine, which is called the 'early La T cne period', after the place where the characte ristic artef:1cts of the period were discovered. Early in the fourth century BCE, the Celtic tribes expanded westwards into what is now France and the British Isles. They moved southwest into the Iberian penin ula, south into northern Italy and east through the Balkans into Asia Minor. ...

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