Item description for Historical Atlas of the Celtic World by Angus Konstam...
The remarkable Celtic culture once encompassed most of western Europe; even after centuries of invasion and conquest it flourished in remote corners of the continent. This book is a beautifully illustrated survey of Celtic society, its history and belief, from its origins to the present day. Historical Atlas of the Celtic World traces the development of Celtic religion and mythology, and describes the flowering of their unique metalwork, sculpture, and illumination. The book draws on this superb legacy and interweaves it with a scholarly examination of Celtic culture, landscape, and history, ending in the Celtic revival of the past century. Millions claim a Celtic ancestry and are fascinated by the unique culture of their predecessors. This exquisitely illustrated book provides an expertly crafted view into the Celtic past, while emphasising the relevance of Celtic culture and identity today.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.73" Width: 9.13" Height: 1.02" Weight: 3 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2004
Publisher Mercury Books
ISBN 1904668011 ISBN13 9781904668015
Availability 0 units.
More About Angus Konstam
Angus Konstam is a distinguished historian and author of many Civil War books, including Duel of the Ironclads, The Pocket Book of Civil War Weapons and The Pocket Book of Civil War Battle Sites. He was also the general editor of The Civil War: A Visual Encyclopedia. He served in the Royal Navy and was the chief curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida.
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An in-depth history of the Celtic culture in Europe Mar 10, 2005
Beautiful, full-color illustrations and photographs on every page enhance the Historical Atlas Of The Celtic World, an in-depth history of the Celtic culture in Europe from its earliest beginnings to its highlights and exquisite artworks to the modern day. Museum professional Angus Konstam applies his knowledge in history and archaeology to seamlessly survey the course of Celtic history and reveal the richness of Celtic heritage and legacy - "Although the last true vestiges of Celtic culture died out in the medieval period, elements of Celtic ways survived into the early modern era." A timeline helps put events in sequence, in this captivating and absorbing study of an ancient civilization.
A broad and brief history based on latest facts Jan 30, 2004
This book covers a lot of history so it is understandably brief on some aspects. This book is good for anyone looking for an accurate and fun introduction. Lots of pictures helps to give context. A lot of focus of the book is on archealogical finds. A good starter but for history buffs the "eras" (i.e. pre-roman contact) of celtic civilization are going to give a couple of archealogical facts but mostly the authors interpretation is given. Konstam and Kean clearly are knowledgable, up-to-date with archeaology and interested in challenging myths of celtic history.
Should have been titled Pictorial History, not Atlas. Dec 11, 2003
We couldn't wait to order this book when we read about its release. How disappointed we were when we began to read it.
Silly us; we had expected maps in an atlas.
We didn't realize that this was a picture book. There is text, too, and it is informative. Many people are unaware of the eastern European origins of the Celts, or of their unique cultural contributions to later culture.The photos are beautiful. One can learn much about Celtic History from this book; however,if you are expecting a book of maps, you might be disappointed.
Well written & beautifully illustrated atlas Sep 26, 2002
This is a beautifully illustrated and well-written book on the Celts. In addition to the text, there are many illustrations and photos of Celtic art throughout the book. I found it hard to put down once I started, and I ended up reading the entire 180-page atlas in a couple of sessions of a few hours each. Well written articles accompany each map section, and as I mentioned, there are dozens of beautiful photos and illustrations, especially of the many striking pieces of Celtic art and jewelry.
The author does a fine job of covering the history, showing how important the Celts were to history for 1600 years, and how their influence is even still being felt today. At one time the Celtic world stretched all the way from Scotland to part of the middle east.
Until I read this book, I didn't know how far south their influence went. I already knew about their influence in Great Britain. But the number of mighty civilizations the Celts met and defeated as they expanded southward is almost ridiculous as they went around marauding in their own inimitable way. For example, they successively fought and defeated the Thracians, then the redoubtable Macedonions twice, then the Greeks at Thermopylae, the Etruscans in Italy, as well as the entire Iberian peninsula, and finally, even further south, fought and defeated the Syrian army. For a while there was an important Gallic settlement in Anatolia. Half of Hannibal's army consisted of Celtic mercenaries, and Celtic mercenaries were even hired by the Pharaohs of Egypt.
Konstam points out that one of the reasons for the Celts' superiority in battle was their stronger and more efficient iron weapons, compared to their opponents, who were still using Bronze Age weapons and materials.
The book is organized into two-page spreads, as is typical of atlases of this type, with an article and its accompanying map, photos, or illustrations covering each two-page section. In addition to that, the book is organized into a number of different chapters or sections, covering the major historical periods; the major archeologically distinct phases, such as the Unetice, Tumulus, Urnfield, Halstatt, and La Tene cultures; Celtic religion; Celtic myths and legends; Celtic art; the Celtic warrior and his beliefs and weapons; and the Roman battles and conquests. Also, there is a chapter on the different Celtic tribes and peoples, including separate articles on the Scots, Picts, Gauls, Welch, Cornish, Irish, Galatians, and Celtiberians. Finally, there is an article on the Celtic revival and how Celtic influence is still being felt today in art and religion.
Overall a very interesting, well-written, and beautifully written history and atlas of this important people.