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The Druids : University of Wales Press - Writers of Wales - Nora K. Chadwick

The Druids

University of Wales Press - Writers of Wales

By: Nora K. Chadwick, Anne Ross (Revised by, Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 31st December 1966
ISBN: 9780708314166
Number Of Pages: 120

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This classic study of the druids, one of the three intellectual classes of the early Celtic peoples, was first published by the University of Wales Press in 1966. The druids were the most enlightened and civilizing spiritual influence in Celtic Europe and were held in high regard as priests, philosophers, teachers and judges. Nora Chadwick's book examines and assesses the early written evidence of the Greeks and Romans and considers the druids within their historical context.

The institution of druidism captured the imagination of the ancient classical world. Its appeal has continued to this day. Significant developments in the field during the last thirty years are discussed by Anne Ross in this revised edition, which also includes a map of the major known druidic sites and centres in Europe.

The Druids is a scholarly work of interest and importance to all those who feel the perennial attraction of its subject.

Industry Reviews

'No people in Celtic antiquity has attracted as much attention as the druids, and it is fitting that such a doyen of Celtic studies as Mrs. Chadwick should give us her view on this controversial order.' -The Welsh History Review 'It is very good to see this splendid source book re-issued in such an attractive format... Chadwick's concise survey is the essential starting point for any serious student of ancient druidism ... one of the most fundamental modern discussions of the druids to be written in English.' Archaeologia Cambrensis '...presents a fine classic study in paperback, covering the institution of druidism and creating a scholarly work which should interest any student of the druids. Enjoy an excellent history which packs depth and detail into its account.'

Foreword to the Second Edition
Further Reading
Map 1: The Territories of the Druids
Map 2: The Nemeton Sites in the Taw Valley, Devonshire
Note on Maps
Principal Classical References
The Problem. Some recent studiesp. 1
The Ritual Functions of the Druids in the Early Classical Sources. The Tradition of Posidoniusp. 11
The Wider Functions of the Druids in the Early Classical Sources. The Tradition of Caesar and Plinyp. 31
The Intellectual Activities of the Druids. The Alexandrian Traditionp. 51
The Decline of the Druidsp. 69
The Nature and History of the Druidsp. 84
Note. Divitiacus and Dumnorixp. 103
Indexp. 112
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ISBN: 9780708314166
ISBN-10: 0708314163
Series: University of Wales Press - Writers of Wales
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: 31st December 1966
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 16.66  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised