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“The Celts Were A Barbaric And Primitive People.” To What Extent Do You Agree

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essay on celts - gEORGIA WEBB"The celts were a barbaric and primitive people." to what extent do you agreeIn Iron Age and Medieval Europe, there were a group of tribal societies called the Celts that spread all across Europe. The Celts were believed to be semi-nomadic, moving all around Europe. Recent tells us that they were essentially located in central Europe and then migrated. More recent news, archaeological studies are now telling us that the Celts were in Europe from 1000 BC, occupying Eastern and Western Europe. The Celts spoke Celtic languages and with their own unique culture. The Celts were believed to be barbaric and primitive people, but why?It is to be believed that The Celts were "barbaric but this is only in the eyes of the Romans. Romans believed that every non-roman were "barbarians". The Celts did produce a flourishing ...view middle of the document...

They worshipped gods such as Dea Matres, Sulis, Epona and Sucellos and According to ancient sources, in honour of their gods they began to practise human sacrifices. An ancient source, Caesar tells us what the Celtics did once they won a battle. "When they have determined on a decisive battle, they dedicate as a rule whatever spoil they may take. After a victory they sacrifice such living things as they have taken, and all the other effects they gather into one place." In France and archeological excavation took place at a site containing bodies of 1000 mean and women, 10 horses and animal sacrifices belonging to The Celts. Entremont and Roquepertuse, in France Lintels with multiple skull niches and piles of human skulls were uncovered. More credible sources suggest that they possessed traits of barbarous savagery. " When they are leaving the battlefield they fasten to the necks of their horses the heads of their enemies, and on arriving home they nail up this spectacle at the entrances to their houses." Source 12.8 STRABO. 4.4.5. The Celts fought barbarically and naked, observed by Ovid, Caesar, they painted themselves blue before a battle or religious activity.It's also believed that the Celts were primitive people. In 58 BC Caesar invaded the Celts. Claiming that it was to protect the northern borders of the great Empire from the "violent" Celts. According to Rome, all Celts were aggressive and ignorant people. But the Celts had a society that was compassionate and protected the weak and young. They built on an advanced and complex trading network, which soon spread beyond the Celtic world. They had a very rich and complex culture and from the viewpoint of the literate people writing about them, "barbarians" just because they were not Greek or Roman. What we only know about the Celts is known only because of close observation by the romans and other poets who wrote about them. Since most of this is account written in wartime, one cannot make assumptions.

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