"Throughout all of Gaul there are two classes of people who are treated with dignity and honor. This does not include the common people, who are little better than slaves and never have a voice in councils. Many of these align themselves with a patron voluntarily, whether because of debt or heavy tribute or out of fear of retribution by some other powerful person. Once they do this, they have given up all rights and are scarcely better than servants. The two powerful classes mentioned above are the Druids and the warriors. Druids are concerned with religious matters, public and private sacrifices, and divination." (Julius Caesar)
The Celts are one of the most well-known groups in Europe and one of the least understood. Depending on which classifications are used, the Celts are also one of the oldest civilizations in Europe. In the centuries before Christ, the Celts were spread out across much of continental Europe, and though they are mostly identified with Gaul, evidence suggests they also spread as far as Portugal. However, even though they were spread out across Europe before the height of the Roman Empire, most people associate the Celts with the British Isles today, particularly Ireland and Scotland.
After they had been relegated to those smaller regions as a result of the Romans and other migrations, the culture of the Celts as it is currently understood began to congeal during the Early Middle Ages, and Celtic culture, folklore, and legend have all become inextricably intertwined with Irish history and British history as a whole.
The Celts have fascinated people for centuries, and the biggest fascination of all has been over the Druids.
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"Very interesting peek into Celtic Druids"
Well paced history, with lots of insight into the impact the Roman Empire had on the Celts. Impressed with the speaker!
A fascinating insight.
The wealth of knowledge it contained and also I really think the voice of Phillip J. Mather compliments these books which are published by Charles River Editors.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook which was very informative and interesting. The Druids are people which I had heard about but after listening to the audiobook I feel I know so much more now.
"Interesting and informative"
I have - it as good . . . . I read a comment elsewhere describing his delivery as that of a favoured professor delivering a lecture - I wish that I'd thought of saying that
"Interesting book-horrible narrative"
While I enjoyed the research done, this is one of those books I wish I had just read rather than gotten it narrated. The narrator has a horrible monotone to his reading that made it so difficult to follow.
"Read from under water?"
This sounds as if it was recorded under water. The content is heavy going and the narrator makes it much worse. A dud.
"Not Worth It"
Perhaps someone who had no understanding of the Druids A starting point?
Not sure if it was the narrator or, the engineering. Maybe my Kindle is too old for this book. His voice was so deeply bass I could not fully understand it.
This would be one of the last books I would read on the subject. Somewhat dated information.
An authentic voice to read. Mr. Mather's narration made the book more powerful and more impactful.
"Short but interesting"
The author takes some liberties on promoting certain speculations to de facto truths, but all in all it's am interesting read.
Intreguing and informative. Worthy of several listenings. I thoughrally enjoyed its content. It goes into indepth descriptions without repetitions and complicated dialogue.
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