February 22, 2017

Ancient Celts (Barbarians!) by Kathryn Hinds

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With that his followers lost their fighting spirit, and soon the Celts were retreating, pursued north by the vengeful Greeks. Many more Celtic warriors were killed, and Brennus, seeing his men dying and his expedition a dishonorable failure, killed himself. But was the expedition a complete failure? The Greek historians gave conflicting reports—while some wrote that the Celts did not reach Delphi’s temples and succeed in plundering them, others maintained that they did. There are a few modern historians, too, who doubt that the Celts actually raided the holy city.

In 125 BCE a Celtic tribe attacked Massilia, which called on its ally, Rome, for help. A Roman army came to defend the city and soundly defeated the Celts. With a foothold in the area, the Romans forcefully pressed their advantage. By 120 BCE a large portion of southern Gaul had become a Roman province. The next decades were extremely unsettled ones for the Celts of the European continent. They were pressured by ever more aggressive Germanic tribes in the north and by the rising Dacian culture in the east (in what is now Romania).

Sometimes fairly large ones) of ancient Celtic lore. There were bards in Wales through the 1500s and in Ireland well into the 1600s. The Celtic languages were also long-lasting. In the fourth century CE Saint Jerome heard them being spoken in both Galatia and Gaul— and he recognized that the two tongues were very similar to each other. In outlying parts of the Celtic world, far from centers of Roman power (or those of later invaders), Celtic languages survived even longer. Cornish was spoken in southeastern England until the 1770s, and efforts have been under way to revive it since the 1970s.

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