Druids: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)

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The Druids have been known and discussed for at least 2400 years, first by Greek writers and later by the Romans, who came in contact with them in Gaul and Britain. According to these sources, they were a learned caste who officiated in religious ceremonies, taught the ancient wisdoms, and
were revered as philosophers. But few figures flit so elusively through history, and the Druids remain enigmatic and puzzling to this day. In this Very Short Introduction, one of the leading authorities on British archaeology, Barry Cunliffe, takes the reader on a fast-paced look at the
ever-fascinating story of the Druids, as seen in the context of the times and places in which they practiced. Sifting through the evidence, Cunliffe offers an expert's best guess as to what can be said and what can't be said about the Druids, discussing the origins of the Druids and the evidence for
their beliefs and practices, why the nature of the druid caste changed quite dramatically over time, and how successive generations have seen them in very different ways.

About the Author


Barry Cunliffe is Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology at Oxford University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780199539406
ISBN-10: 0199539405
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: July 1st, 2010
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Very Short Introductions